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Thread #9515   Message #3018382
Posted By: GUEST,Bob Milne
29-Oct-10 - 07:41 AM
Thread Name: Origins: The Barnyards of Delgaty
Subject: RE: barnyards of delgaty
Sadly, over the years the 1st first of 'The Barnyards' seem to have been lost.

As sung by Jimmy McBeath in my great granny's house in Fife St Turriff back in the 1920s it started off:

In New Deer parish I wis born
A child o' youth tae Methlick came
An 'gin ye'll no believe ma word
The Session Clerk he'll say the same.

I drive past the Barnyards every day on the way to work, and my sister lives within sight of the 'fairm toon o' the Barnyards'

The North-East Buchan or 'Doric' dialect is still a living language and many of the old words, although still heard every day have 'moved the times'
e.g. A local school pupil asked for a translation of 'a bonny lass' came up with - 'a tidy quine' Lewis Grassock Gibbon spells it as 'quean' which perhaps helps to explain the origin of that word - but most folk are stumped with a source for 'loon'