Glasgow Doctor, The

DESCRIPTION: A short Glasgow doctor married a tall woman who did "scratch and tear his eyes." When she caught cold he "gave her such a dose" she died. At the feast "in honour o' her death" he choked on too much gin and was buried with his wife in one coffin.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1856 (broadside, Murray Mu23-y2:014)
KEYWORDS: shrewishness marriage homicide funeral medicine drink party humorous husband wife doctor
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan7 1504, "The Glasgow Doctor" (3 texts, 2 tunes)
Roud #7166
BROADSIDES:
Murray, Mu23-y2:014, "Glasgow Doctor," Poet's Box (Glasgow), 1856
ALTERNATE TITLES:
The Short Doctor
NOTES: The type of humor is illustrated by a typical verse: "The people came baith far and near To try the doctor's skill And those he knew not how to cure He well knew how to kill." - BS
For which punch line, see also "Kill or Cure." - RBW
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File: GrD71504

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