- - 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.
- When I was very little (less than 5 years old), all the kids in my neighborhood used to chant, "How now brown cow!" It turns out that the phrase originally came from Scotland in the 1700’s. Some sources say that, "brown cow" was a phrase that used to mean a barrel of beer because a […] Read more »
- The expression "to tie the knot" means "to get married". There are several places where tied knots have been connected to marriage and love. During Roman times, brides wore a belt or girdle at their wedding tied in a Hercules Knot. Only the groom was allowed to untie it (the unloosening was supposed to be […] Read more »
- Here’s a poem called "A Boy’s Song" by Scottish poet, James Hogg, with a fun musical recording by Ezwa. Recording of A Boy’s Song A Boy’s Song By James Hogg Where the pools are bright and deep, Where the grey trout lies asleep, Up the river and over the lea, That’s the way for […] Read more »
- 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. […] 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 […] 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 […] Read more »
- Be True is a poem by Scottish poet Horatius Bonar (1808 - 1889). These are words to live by... MP3 of Be True Be True Thou must be true thyself, If thou the truth wouldst teach; Thy soul must overflow, if thou Another’s soul would’st reach! It needs the overflow of heart To give the […] 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 […] 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 […] Read more »