- - this song has sheet music
- Midi - this song has a Midi tune
- MP3 - this song has an MP3 recording
- - this song has a Video recording
Click Here for bibliography of Scottish selections.
Many thanks to Ernestine Shargool for contributing much of the material on this page. Ernestine is a professional translator with an Anglo-Italian background and a lifelong interest in children's rhymes and folk tales from Italy, England and Scotland. She has translated many traditional nursery rhymes from English into Italian.
Many thanks also to the Montgomerie Estate for graciously allowing me to use the Montgomerie versions of the Scottish nursery rhymes.
- Have you ever wondered what is the difference between the United Kingdom and Great Britain? This video explains it, plus a whole lot more! Enjoy! Mama Lisa Read more »
- Booktrust did a survey of over 2,500 people in the UK to determine the top nursery rhymes. Here they are with links to their lyrics (most of the links have mp3’s or videos too): 1. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star 2. Incey Wincey Spider 3. Round And Round The Garden 4. Baa Baa Black Sheep 5. The... Read more »
- There are many variations in different languages of "mother" and "father". These are formal words that people use when referring to their parents. But most words used to address our parents directly are less formal. In the US, most people don’t say "mother’ and "father" when talking to their parents. Even when I was a kid... Read more »
- Melissa wrote: Hey I love your site! My grandmother, from Scotland, would always recite a poem to me about a chick hatching from an egg...."3 weeks I lived inside that egg, slowly, slowly getting bigger every day". I cannot find any mention of it anywhere on the internet, please help? Thank you, Melissa O'Leary If anyone can help... Read more »
- I found this article about wedding superstitions in a very unlikely place: an American journal from 1906 called, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. It was written by Memphis Scimiter... Wedding Superstitions The old rhyme that had to do with the days of the week still holds considerable power in the choice of the wedding day in some... Read more »
- Rhiannon Daymond-King sent me a counting-out rhyme called "Zinty Tinty" with this note: "I was taught a counting rhyme by my father, who said it came from his mother. Her mother was Swedish, so he thought it was in Swedish (or possibly Norwegian given that the part of the country she was from used to be... Read more »
- Wendy wrote about a cool Scottish rhyme. It’s a type of rhyme called a counting-out rhyme. Counting-out rhymes are used to choose in games… generally you count-out players who leave the game. Whoever’s left at the end is "It". Here’s what Wendy wrote: My grandfather was from Scotland and taught my brother and I this counting... Read more »
- Donna wrote to me asking for help with a song: Hi Mama Lisa ….my Grandmother used to sing a song to my Mother when she was a child and we can’t find the correct words or melody to it. I was wondering if you or anyone you know might know it. My ancestors are from Scotland... Read more »
- Jane Miller wrote to me from a library in Canada asking for help with a song. Here’s her email: Dear Lisa We have had an inquiry on the following folk song. Our inquirer’s mother sang it to him in the 1930’s. She emigrated to Canada from Scotland aged 10, so he thinks the song could be... Read more »