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Help: What is a GOWAN? Tree, bush...

Deni 09 Sep 01 - 02:26 PM
Roger in Sheffield 09 Sep 01 - 02:37 PM
sheila 09 Sep 01 - 02:37 PM
Willa 09 Sep 01 - 02:46 PM
Murray MacLeod 09 Sep 01 - 02:52 PM
Roger in Sheffield 09 Sep 01 - 03:07 PM
GUEST,Boab 10 Sep 01 - 01:12 AM
GUEST,Genie 10 Sep 01 - 04:38 AM
Deni 10 Sep 01 - 04:53 AM
John MacKenzie 22 Sep 01 - 12:41 PM
Peg 23 Sep 01 - 01:24 AM
Clinton Hammond 23 Sep 01 - 11:59 AM
Haruo 24 Sep 01 - 03:16 AM
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Subject: What is a GOWAN? Tree, bush...
From: Deni
Date: 09 Sep 01 - 02:26 PM

anyone know what a Gowan is. As in Aye and the gowans grow gay... what colour, etc...

Cheers

Deni

I need to understand what I'm singing about...


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Subject: RE: Help: What is a GOWAN? Tree, bush...
From: Roger in Sheffield
Date: 09 Sep 01 - 02:37 PM

not Rowan then?


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Subject: RE: Help: What is a GOWAN? Tree, bush...
From: sheila
Date: 09 Sep 01 - 02:37 PM

Any of a number of yellow flowers.


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Subject: RE: Help: What is a GOWAN? Tree, bush...
From: Willa
Date: 09 Sep 01 - 02:46 PM

gowan; Scot and N.E. dialect, the wild daisy, the ox-eye daisy


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Subject: RE: Help: What is a GOWAN? Tree, bush...
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 09 Sep 01 - 02:52 PM

"We twa hae run aboot the braes
And pu'd the gowans fine."
("Auld Lang Syne")

Surely the more famous quotation?

Murray


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Subject: RE: Help: What is a GOWAN? Tree, bush...
From: Roger in Sheffield
Date: 09 Sep 01 - 03:07 PM

here


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Subject: RE: Help: What is a GOWAN? Tree, bush...
From: GUEST,Boab
Date: 10 Sep 01 - 01:12 AM

Spot on, Willa!! A large daisy-like flower growing up to two,-two-and-a-half feet.


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Subject: RE: Help: What is a GOWAN? Tree, bush...
From: GUEST,Genie
Date: 10 Sep 01 - 04:38 AM

Murray, I always thought"gowan" was a Scots word for "gown," and that Burns was just writing like a rake about having "pulled the gowns fine," (presumably with lasses in them).

It's good to have it cleared up.

Genie


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Subject: RE: Help: What is a GOWAN? Tree, bush...
From: Deni
Date: 10 Sep 01 - 04:53 AM

There's always someone who knows on the Mudcat...

I am glad I asked, if only to stop Genie thinking it meant Gown: although that meaning is probably more fun. I followed the link, Roger and bookmarked that herb site. I love plant-lore.

Thanks a lot everyone.

Deni


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Subject: RE: Help: What is a GOWAN? Tree, bush...
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 22 Sep 01 - 12:41 PM

Also known as Marguerites in some quarters

Giok


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Subject: RE: Help: What is a GOWAN? Tree, bush...
From: Peg
Date: 23 Sep 01 - 01:24 AM

There is a very cool "wyrd folk" ensemble known as "In Gowan Ring"


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Subject: GOWAN?
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 23 Sep 01 - 11:59 AM

He's also a Canadian Singer/Song-writer... got started with a song called "Strange Animal" in the 80's, but has since become quite the 'almost-folkie'...

But I guess ya don't mean him eh?

:-)

What's a 'wyrd folk'?


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Subject: RE: Help: What is a GOWAN? Tree, bush...
From: Haruo
Date: 24 Sep 01 - 03:16 AM

Murray, I imagine the Burns quote is the more famous, but the first thing the word always evokes for me is Annie Laurie (like dew on the ... lyin' is the fa' o' her fairy feet). FWIW. Liland


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