Bauldy Bain's Fiddle

Eric Clyde

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Hi:

Unfortunately the devisor, John Bowey Dickson, has been dead for a
number of years so, unless someone is good at seances or has the
necessary contacts ... A mutual friend contacted his wife, but she
couldn't help.

While I was growing up in Scotland I was certainly familiar with jingles
around the name Bauldy Bain, and it was frequently used derisively to
old men similarly afflicted (I'm not quite there yet, myself, but
getting close!)

I did a bit of searching on Google as well, and came across the
following poem quoted in Highland Balls and Village Halls, By G. W.
Lockhart.

'The Barn Dance'. W.D. Cocker.

Hey! for the music o'Baldy Bain's fiddle!
Redd up the barn, a' we'e gie ye a Reel.
In till it, noo! wit a diddle-dum-diddle,
Dod! that's the tune to pit springs in your heel.

Skirlin' o' lassocks, an' 'Hoochs' frae ilk fellow,
Cheers, when the gudeman himsel' taks the flair,
Leads Petronella wi' hellicate Bella,
Brawest o' dochters, though gey deil-may-care.

Hey! for the music o'Baldy Bain's fiddle!
Lads frae the bothies, an' herds frae the hill
Cleek wi' young lassies, sae jimp roon the middle.
Gosh! but some auld anes are soople anes still.

Lang Geordie Craddock, the grieve o'Kilmadock,
Widowed sae aft he's fain to forget,
Wha would jalouse he could loup like a puddock?
Faith! but here's spunk in the auld deevil yet!

Hey! for the music o'Baldy Bain's fiddle!
Syne we'll hae supper, for time's wearin' on;
Drinks for the drouthy, an' scones frae the griddle
Bella's the las that can bake a guid scone.

Baldy's in fettle, an' sweers he maun ettle
Ae hinmaist hoolachan juist for the last.
Cast yer coats, callans, an' yoke tae't we' mettle;
Dancin' and daffin' days sune will be past.

(If anyone needs a translation, let me know!)

Kilmadock is a parish in Perthshire, but I don't know whether Baldy Bain
was a real person on not. Maybe Jim Healy could find out more, since he
lives in Perth!

Apparently W.D. Cocker was a Scottish poet who lived from 1882-1970 . He
was taken prisoner in 1917 after serving with the Highland Light Inf.
and the Royal Scots. Apparently he only wrote a small body of war poetry
including Up the Line to Poelkapelle, The Sniper and a five-part sonnet
cycle 'Sonnets in Captivity'

Eric Clyde
Ottawa Branch

L. Friedman~Shedlov wrote:

> Does anyone know the origins for the name of this dance? Who is
> "Bauldy Bain"? I did a bit of seraching online and did find a
> reference to a Glaswegian children's street chant:
>
> What's you name?
> Baldy Bain
> What's your ither?
> Ask ma mither.
>
> Is this connected to the dance name in some way?
>
> / Lara Friedman-Shedlov
> Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
>
>
>
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