When I Was a Little Boy, Striking at the Studdy

DESCRIPTION: The singer says that when he was a little boy, blacksmithing, his clothes were ragged. Now he is such a gentleman his wife wears a night-rail
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1828 (Lyle-Crawfurd2)
KEYWORDS: money work nonballad clothes
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Bord))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Lyle-Crawfurd2 128, "Quhan I Was a Wee Callan" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Robert Chambers, The Popular Rhymes of Scotland (Edinburgh, 1870 ("Digitized by Google")), p. 155, ("When I was a little boy, striking at the studdy") (1 text)

Roud #15103
NOTES [130 words]: "night rail ... a woman's loose robe or gown formerly worn as a nightgown or dressing gown" (source: Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language Unabridged, 1976)
Chambers: "... familiar to the boys in every province of Scotland.... It is supposed to bear reference to the founder of the family of Callender of Craigforth, near Stirling, who originally was a blacksmith. John Callender performed work on Edinburgh and Stirling Castles before the Revolution." In 1689 he was ordered paid a large amount in Scots money but "[a]ccording to the popular story, the ingenious blacksmith got payment of this sum from the English exchequer, but in the English denomination, a piece of good fortune which enabled him to become proprietor of Craigforth ...." - BS
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