Funny Scottish Epitaphs: Jocky Bell o’ Brankenbrow

I, Jocky Bell o’ Brachenbrow, lyes under this stane,

Five of my awn sons laid it on my wame (stomach);

I liv’d aw my days, but sturt (trouble) or strife

Was man o’ my meat, and maister o’ my wife;

If you’ve done better in your time than I

did in mine

Take the stane aff my wame, and lay it on thine.

Reid Churchyard, Gairtney, Annandale

Raymond Lamont-Brown: Scottish Epitaphs. Chambers, Edinburgh, 1990


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