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The Drygate Brig

Mitchell Library, Glasgow Collection

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The Drygate Brig

"The Drygate Brig", a song by Alexander Rodger which has been preserved in a scrapbook entitled Old Glasgow Street Songs etc, 1850 and is held at the Mitchell Library.

Rodgers tells a cautionary tale about a man who went out drinking with his friends. On his way home late at night and far from sober, he was travelling down the Hangman's Brae towards the Drygate Bridge over the Molendinar Burn, when a strong wind blew off his wig. In his drunken attempts to find the wig, he broke his staff, skinned the palm of his hand, lost his snuff and suffered a broken nose. He did not find his wig, but did find his wife in a bad temper when he finally reached home early next morning.

Reference: GC 398.5 GLA

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning

Keywords:
bridges, drinking, drunks, Drygate Bridge, food, kail, Molendinar Burn, Old Glasgow Street Songs etc, 1850, pubs, sheep's heads, snuff, street songs, taverns, The Drygate Brig, wigs



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