“We're A' John Tamson's Bairns”


"John Tamson was a merry auld carle, And reign'd proud king o' the Dee... We're all John Tamson's bairns... There ne'er will be peace till the world again Has learned to sing wi' micht and main." The singer describes how he and the company celebrate


There is a broadside, NLScotland, L.C.Fol.70(11a), "John Tamson's Cart," Poet's Box (Dundee), c. 1890, in which John Tamson nods off as he rides home from the fair. Usually his horse finds its way home on its own, but this time it too drops off. John's wife finds the horse and takes it home, leaving John to desperately try to figure out what happened.

I don't know that it's intended to be the same John Tamson, but there is something of the same feeling about the two. - RBW


  1. Ford-Vagabond, pp. 199-200, "We're A' John Tamson's Bairns" (1 text)
  2. Roud #6321
  3. BI, FVS199


Author: Joseph Roy ?
Earliest date: 1904 (Ford)
Keywords: drink friend
Found in: Britain(Scotland)