More about this poem
There is no manuscript evidence to attribute the bawdy song 'Johnie Scott' to Robert Burns. However the publication of the song in The Merry Muses of Caledonia (1799) would suggest that it was, at the very least, collected by the poet. The song deals with a common subject of seventeenth and eighteenth-century bawdy song: female genital hair. As such, it may be grouped alongside two further songs on the subject which appear in The Merry Muses: There's Hair On't and There's Nae Hair On't. Songs such as this were often written and recited by men in convivial male company.