The History of Leith

May 6, 2006

‘Heather Jock’

The first verse begins: ‘Heather Jock was stark and grim, / Faught wi’ a’ would fecht wi’ him; / Swauk and supple, sharp and thin, / Fine for gaun against the win”. ‘Swack’ in this instance probably means ‘nimble’ or ‘agile’. The chorus reads: ‘Heather Jock’s noo awa, / Heather Jock’s noo awa, / The muircock noo may crously craw, / Since Heather Jock’s noo awa.’ ‘Crously’ is Scots for ‘proudly’ or ‘boldly’. for more click here

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