When I Was a Little Boy Strikin' at the Studdy

DESCRIPTION: "When I was a little boy, strikin' at the studdy [smithy], I had a pair o' blue breeks, and oh but they were duddie [tattered]! As I strook, they shook, like a lammie's tailie; But noo I'm grown a gentleman, my wife she wears a railie"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1914 (GreigDuncan8)
KEYWORDS: clothes nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (3 citations):
GreigDuncan8 1688, "When I Was a Young Man I Chappit at the Studdy" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: Robert Chambers, The Popular Rhymes of Scotland (Edinburgh, 1826 ("Digitized by Google")), p. 297, ("When I was a little boy, strikin' at the studdy")
Robert Chambers (Edited by Norah and William Montgomerie), Traditional Scottish Nursery Rhymes (1990 selected from Popular Rhymes) #152, p. 87, ("When I was a wee boy, Strikin at the studdy")

Roud #13033
NOTES: The description is Chambers's text. I don't know what a "railie" is, but seems likely to refer to an early 19th century fashion [see, for example, Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language Unabridged, 1976: "rail ... n ... 1 archaic: a loose garment worn in varying style esp by women since the early medieval period 2 obs: a neckercheif for women"]. GreigDuncan8 ends with the singer "grown a grandpa, my wife she wears a veillie." - BS
Alexander Warrack, The Scots Dialext Dictionary, Waverly Books, 2000, defines "railie/railly" as a woman's jacket, although it does not describe the style. - RBW
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