Haggis o' Dunbar, The
DESCRIPTION: "The haggis o' Dunbar": many better, few worse. To make it nice, they put in a peck of lice. To add fat, they put in a scabby cat. Chopped cheese, chickweed, sow's snouts and mugwort: you may get a bit if you're civil.
EARLIEST DATE: 1819 (Scott, fragment); 1824 (Sharpe)
KEYWORDS: food humorous nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Greig/Duncan8 1876, "The Haggis o' Dunbar" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe, A Ballad Book (Edinburgh, 1891, reprint of 1824 edition), Vol II, #26 p. 12, "The Haggis o' Dunbar"
Robert Chambers, The Popular Rhymes of Scotland (Edinburgh, 1870 ("Digitized by Google")), p. 134, "Dunbar"
NOTES [53 words]: .".. and he began to sing the old Scottish song, 'There was a haggis in Dunbar, Fal de ral, &c, Mony better and few waur, Fal de ral,'" (source: Walter Scott, "The Bride of Lammermoor" in Jedediah Cleishbotham, editor, Tales of My Landlord, Third Series (Edinburgh, 1819 ("Digitized by Google")), Vol. II, p. 94). - BS
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