Testament Of
Alexander Drymmie

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TESTAMENT DATIVE OF ALEXANDER DRYMMIE
Alexander Drimmie creelman in Stracathrow within the parish thereof,
who died in April 1620,
given up by John Lamb in Balmanie,
sister's son to the defunct and executor dative appointed to him.
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ALEXANDER DRYMMIE " CREELMAN " 15?? - 1620

Alexander was a "Creelman",
and the more anglified name for the type of business operated by him
in the 16th-17th century would be akin to that of "Packman".
Creel, a Scottish word for a wicker basket
would be the type of container used by Alexander to pack and carry
the goods he would have for sale as he journeyd around the countryside.
He may have back packed his creel physically himself,
or he may have had a horse or two to carry himself and his wares.

An excellent description of a packman is contained in the poem by G. K. Lambie
which describes in detail a colourful figure
who operated within living memory in the rural areas of Renfrewshire and Lanarkshire.
The goods in Alex Young's pack may not have been quite the same as Alexander Drymmie's
but serve to illustrate to us the service performed by both.


THE PACKMANS VISIT

A kenspeckle figure comes tae mind
He was Alex Young the packman
He cairrit saft goods o' every kind
Naethin' did he lack man.
In early days he never hurled
Cairryin' his muckle pack
Jist like Atlas haudin the world
Like tae brek his back

A country chiel o' fermin stock
He'd opted fur the road
He'd the gift o' the gab fur country folk
The richt man fur the joab.
In his mooth a fag could aye be seen
Hingin' wi' a tail o' ash
His lip wis stained wi' nicotine
But Alex didnae fash.

When he opened his pack on the kitchin flair
A'body gethered roon
Tae inspect his comprehensive ware
It saved a jaunt tae the toon.

THE CONTENTS OF THE PACK.
Ah'll mention jist some o' the things on display
Maist o' them no in fashion the day.
There were shirts an' socks an' coloured ties
Workin' troosers wi' buttoned flies
(These were the days afore the zip
noo ye're apt tae get money a nip)
Semmits an' drawers in guid thick wool
Thin yins fur tae keep ye cool
Guid strong workin' dungarees
Guaranteed no' tae hole at the knees
Corsets stiffened wi'strong whalebane
Built tae haud the maist stubborn frame
(This was afore the girdle an' bra
so of coorse he hid nane o' them at a')
Long sleeved nighties wi neckline high
Tae keep a wife as warm as a pie
Guid long nightshirts fur ceevilised men
(Pyjamas werenae the fashion then)
Guid warm knickers weel doon tae the knees
Made tae scorn the cauldest breeze
Ladies stockings as black as the nights
(Noo it's flesh coloured nylon tights)
Worsit skirts an' satin blouses
In ootsize fur buxom spouses
Overalls,frocks an' petticoats
Patternd a' over wi' polka dots
But noo ah'm gettin' short o' braith
An' ah hivnae covered a' the claith
These items are jist tae name but a few
But surely enough tae gang on wi' the noo.
Purchases made an' paid wi' cash
Alex repacked his pack
He strapped it the gither an gied it a bash
An swung it oan his back
Awa' he sped up the Patterton Brae
Tae the Ryat an' Greenlaw
In a'kinna wather,nae maiter the day
Be it hail, rain or snaw.


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