Sin I Cam By Johnshaven

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Welcome To
Benholm & Johnshaven Heritage Society

Jist a kirn o hooses

On a rocky coast

Higglety piggetty scattered

Naev wonder fowk get lost

Streets that rin roon corners

Hodden ooto sicht

An affa place tae bide in

Very dark an dreich at night

Everybody beddit lang afore eleyven

Noo that’s fat ye get fan ye ging tae Johnshaven

By Douglas Donald


Pleengs or Pleengies - gulls

Solan - gannet

Log or Loag - lugworms

Rampers - ragworm

Rotticks - dead men’s fingers

Pawpes - red beadlet anaemone

This work that created this website and our booklet was delivered by Ceilidhmakers [Christine Kydd, Ewan McVicar, Andy Shanks] and funded by a Capacity Grant, Creative Economy (Place) from Aberdeenshire Council.


Quo the haddie tae the fluke, “Fat gars yer mouie crook?”

“Ma mouie’s no been aven, sin I cam by Johnshaven”.

This is a famous old rhyme that recalls in the Doric Johnshaven’s fishing past.

Benholm & Johnshaven Heritage Society and the Young At Heart Club collected and published  in a new booklet and this website more old and newer rhymes that people of Johnshaven, Benholm and places around remembered.

Not just children’s rhymes and games,

but those about

* places * weather 

local characters and more.

Not just about fishing and the sea,

but farming * the land

and old customs.

In the Doric and in plain English.

Local folk helped by sharing memories, and by volunteering to ask other present or former Johnshaven folk to contribute.

We will also asked Johnshaven Primary pupils to help by sharing rhymes they know now.

Website text researched by Sheena Blackhall and Ewan McVicar, 

images by Johnshaven Museum and Andy Shanks.