Words and Phrases
bairns

“bairns”

Meaning:

children

Alternative spelling/meaning:

bairnies

In Literature:

Excerpt from A Pastoral Elegy on the Death of Jonathan Swift, D.D. late D.S.P.D. by Scotch Poems from the Ulster Miscellany

Yelping he feel - sic sheep, sic bairns were we

Excerpt from Address to the Cuckoo by Francis Boyle

Makes monie wives to quat their jokes, an’ greet for bairns

Excerpt from The Christening by James Smith

Baloo! My bairnie fa’ asleep! O hushy, hushy, ba!

(Quoted by WG Lyttle in Robin’s Readings, Part 1 - The Christening)


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