Skip to main content

‹‹‹ prev (50)

(52) next ›››

Floak and Bloak, and black Drumbog,
Hungry Gree, and greedy Glasliogh ;
Dirty doors in Wannockliead,
MouUy* siller in Wylieland,
Taupyt wives in Bruntland,
Witch wives in Midland.
Sundrum shall sink,
Auchincruive shall fa',
And the name o' Cathcart
Shall in time wear awa' !
This rhyme threatens the prosperity, and predicts the
ultimate extermination, of the ancient family represented by
Earl Cathcart. Sundrum and Auchincruive were formerly
the property of this family, but, long since alienated, now re-
spectively belong to families named Hamilton and Oswald.
Sundrum, which in bygone times was the chief residence
of the family of Cathcart, is situated about four miles east-
ward from Ayr, upon the banks of the Avater of Coyl, and
being placed upon the top of a high brae of very ill-com-
pacted material, has really an insecure appearance. But
perhaps the sinking with which it is threatened is only a
figurative allusion to the ruin of those who formerly pos-
sessed it. Many such prophecies are attached to the strong-
holds and names of families remarkable in feudal times for
their power or their oppressive disposition.
The height atween Tintock-Tap and Coidterfell
Is just three quarters o' an ell.
These hills are the most conspicuous objects in a district
of Lanarkshire which is in general rather flat, and the
rhyme seems intended to denote that they are nearly of the
same height.
* Mouldy. t Drabbish.

Images and transcriptions on this page, including medium image downloads, may be used under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence unless otherwise stated. Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence