Riddles heard by McMath

Riddles heard by McMath as a child at Airds of Kells.

 

Like a cherry, like a chess,

Like a bonny blue gless,

Like a cow amang the corn,

Blawing Billy Buck’s horn:

Spell that wi’ four letters.

 

Answer – T-H-A-T

 

Carrying away my wee Tambylum:

If I had my rusty club,

I’d make John-Eakam-Teakim-Tylam

Lay me doon my wee Tambylum.

 

Answer – A fox carrying off a lamb.

If I had my gun.

 

As I cam oure the tap o’ Tyne,

I met a drove o’ Heelan’ swine;

Some were black, and some were broun,

An’ some were rigged oure the croon.

 

Answer – A hive of bees.

 

The bat the bee, the butterflee,

The cuckoo and the gowk,

The myre-snipe, the heather-bleat;

How many birds is that?

 

Answer – Two

 

Jenny Whitepetticoat, wi’ a red nose,

The langer she stan’s the shorter she grows.

 

Answer – A lighted candle.