My father is visiting his new grandson and counting his toes while saying, “Tom Tiddler, Marsh Mappler, Mappler How, How Hairy, Bow Bairy, Buttry Ghan, Ghan Gilvan, Gilvan Nod, Whisken Todd, We Ten Ten”. Spelling not-withstanding, what does this mean? Dad thought they were Welsh mountains, because the rhyme came from his great grandmother, who was welsh, but a Google search doesn’t bear this one out. Any ideas?
Sam Samuel Jenkins
If anyone knows the original country this rhyme comes from and/or what it means, please let us know in the comments below.
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