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Holy Wullie Scotland Epitaph

'Holy Wullie' was William Fisher (1737-1809), a farmer at Montgarswood, Mauchline and elder of the kirk. It was he who pressed the Revd William 'Daddy' Auld (1709-91), the Mauchline minister, to take proceedings against those who did not attend church regularly. But Fisher, too, fell from grace on a charge of drunkenness.

Here Holy Wullie's sair-worn clay
Tak's up its last abode;
His saul has ta'en some other way,
I fear the left-hand road.

Stop! there he is as sure's a gun,
Poor, silly body, see him!
Nae wonder he's as black's the grun:
Observe wha's standing wi' him.

Your brunstane Devilship, I see,
Has got him there before ye;
But haud your nine-tail cat a wee,
Till ance you've heard my story.

Your pity I will not implore,
For pity ye have nane;
justice, alas! has gi'en him o'er,
And mercy's day is gane.

But hear me. Sir, Diel as ye are,
Look something to your credit,
A coot like him wad stain your name
If it were kent ye did it.

- coot, fool

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