Donald's Visit to Glasgow

DESCRIPTION: Donald and his wife go to Glasgow and see things they cannot understand: a poor man and horse unmoving in the street, a devil counting the hours, strange women's clothing, two men carrying a woman in a barrow...
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1908 (Greig/Duncan2)
KEYWORDS: travel humorous
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Greig/Duncan2 292, "Donald's Visit to Glasgow" (1 text)
Roud #5858
cf. "Paddy's Ramble to London" (theme: country folk in town)
cf. "Paddy's Voyage to Glasgow" (theme: country folk in town)
NOTES [121 words]: Greig/Duncan2, quoting MacGregor, "John Highlandman's Remarks on Glasgow" in The Collected Writings of Dougal Graham (1883), explains most of the sights that puzzle Donald and his wife. For example, the poor man on a horse is "the equestrian statue of King William III.... The classical style of dress, including primitive sandals ['The brogues be worn aff's feet and me see a his taes.'] ... gave rise to the idea ... that His Majesty was a 'poor man.'"; "the deil chap the hoors" refers to "a clock [on record] on which a figure of the 'Deil' was shown as 'chapping' the hours."; the strange women's clothing refer to the styles of the time and the men carrying a woman is "a long drawn out description of a sedan chair." - BS
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