Robert Burns chancing his arm as he was wont to do as the maiden crosses the stream holding up her skirts.
The Scottish Word:


“There’s a fine furze bush ah could help ye hing yer draiglet petticoaties oan for tae dry in yonder oot o the way den ye ken.”


draiglet, draigelt: wet, drenched.

“There is a fine gorse bush where I could assist you to hange your soaked petticoats up to dry in that out of the way narrow valley with trees over there you know.”


Illustration Friday. Forward. Burns ‘being forward’ as was his wont.

O, Jenny’s a’ weet, poor body,
Jenny’s seldom dry:
She draigl’t a’ her petticoatie,
Comin thro’ the rye!

Comin thro’ the rye, poor body,
Comin thro’ the rye,
She draigl’t a’ her petticoatie,
Comin thro’ the rye!

Gin a body meet a body
Comin thro’ the rye,
Gin a body kiss a body,
Need a body cry?

Gin a body meet a body
Comin thro’ the glen,
Gin a body kiss a body,
Need the warl’ ken?

Gin a body meet a body
Comin thro’ the grain;
Gin a body kiss a body,
The thing’s a body’s ain.

Ilka lassie has her laddie,
Nane, they say, ha’e I
Yet all the lads they smile on me,
When comin’ thro’ the rye.

R. Burns

Like many so called children’s songs the lyrics take on another life when sung in the company of adults in the evening.

As well as a grain, Rye is the name of a river in Ayrshire, Burn’s home turf.

The Scottish Word: draiglet with its definition and its meaning illustrated and captioned with the word used in context in the Scots language and in English.

3 thoughts on “Draiglet.

  1. Haha, oh dear. So, I’m not *exactly* sure what’s going on here, but I suspect the man (despite holding the directions in his hand) has led them in the completely wrong direction. A certain man I know did just the same for me recently! She has a perfect expression, one I recognize well.

    (OK, I just read the bit on the left. But I still think the stories can work together!) (I’m not sure why I didn’t realize the text was related to the image – sometimes a bit dense, I suppose.) 🙂

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