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The Family of Birnie

1.  Gin (if) Ye’ll mairry me, lassie, at the kirk (church) o’ Birnie Bouzle,

        Till the day ye die, Lassie, Ye shall ne’er repent it

        Ye will wear when ye are wed, a kirtle (dress) and a highland plaid

        Sleep upon a heather bed,  sae couthie (snug) an sae canty (contented).

2.  Ye will gan sae braw (braw), lassie, tae the kirk o’ Birnie

        Little brougues an’a, lassie, vow! But ye’ll be canty

        Your wee bit tocher (dowery) is but sma’, . . .                                  

                                   but hodden (homespun) grey will wear for a’

        I’ll save my siller (money) tae mak’ ye braw, -ye will ne’er repent it.

3. Gin Ye’ll mairry me, lassie, at the kirk o’ Birnie Bouzle,

        Till the day ye die, Lassie, Ye shall ne’er repent it.

        We’ll hae bonnie bairns an’a, some lassies fair and laddies braw

        Like the their mother ane and a’,  an’ yer faither conserted.

4.  Gin Ye’ll mairry me, lassie, at the kirk o’ Birnie Bouzle,

        Till the day ye die, Lassie, Ye shall ne’er repent it.

        The hart, the hare, the heather cock (ring grouse),

        I’ll pu ye limpets frae the rock Tae mak’ ye dishes


John Hogg