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Laurieston Play (b), 1897

W.Gregor (1898c)

Context

Location: 
Laurieston
NX6864
Time of Occurrence: 
[Not given]
Collective name: 
[Not given]

Source

Author: 
Rev. Walter Gregor
Title: 
Further Report on Folklore in Scotland
Publication: 
London, Murray, 1898, pp.259-261

Cast

Hector
Slasher
Doctor / Doctor Brown
Johnny Funny

Text

HECTOR

Here comes I, bold Hector;
Bold Hector is my name;
A sword and buckler by my side,
And I'm sure to win the game.

SLASHER

Here comes I, bold Slasher;
Bold Slasher is my name;
A sword and buckler by my side,
And I shall win the game.

HECTOR

You, sir!

SLASHER

I, sir!

HECTOR

Take out your sword and try, sir!

{They fight and Hector falls.}

SLASHER

Oh dear! Oh dear! What's this I've done?
I've killed my brothers all but one.
A doctor, a doctor, ten pounds for a doctor!

{The Doctor enters.}

DOCTOR

Here comes I, old Doctor Brown,
The best old Doctor in the town.

SLASHER

What can you cure?

DOCTOR

All diseases to be sure -
Gout, skout, bully gout, and the carvey.

{He administers medicine to Hector.}

SLASHER

Rouse up, sir; sing us a song.

{Hector rises}

HECTOR

Once I was dead, and now I'm alive.
God bless the doctor that made me survive.
Up and down the mountains, underneath the ground,
Eating bread and biscuits all the year round.

{Johnny Funny enters.}

JOHNNY FUNNY

Here comes I, wee Johnny Funny,
The very wee boy to gather the money;
Pouches down to my knees,
And I'm the boy to gather the bawbees.

Notes

Indexer's Notes

Scanned by me from the transcript in B.Hayward (1992) Galoshins : The Scottish Folk Play. Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 1992, ISBN 07486 0338 7, pp.236-237.

Hayward gives the page in Gregor (1898) as p.259, whereas E.C.Cawte et al (1967) give the pages as pp.459-461.