“Big Kilmarnock Bonnet”


Jock quits plowing, puts on his hat, and goes to Glasgow. As a joke, Sandy Lane tells him to look up Katie Bain. He meets a girl who takes him to Katie. The girls roll him and get him drunk. He gets 60 days in jail for jumping into the Clyde.


From the NLScotland commentary on broadside L.C.Fol.70(37b): "The 'Kilmarnock Bonnet' of the title is a famous piece of headgear, dating back at least to 1647, when the 'Kilmarnock Corporation of Bonnet Makers' was founded" - BS


  • NLScotland, L.C.Fol.70(37b), "Big Kilmarnock Bonnet," Poet's Box (Dundee), c.1890


  • Willy Kemp and Curly McKay, "Wi' Ma Big Kilmarnock Bonnet" (on Voice05)


  1. Roud #5861
  2. BI, RcBiGkBo


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1936 (recorded by Willy Kemp and Curly McKay); 19C (broadside, NLScotland L.C.Fol.70(37b))
Found in: Britain(Scotland(Aber))