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B - Bothy ballad to Brig o Balgownie

A large manuscript lower case letter B with musical instruments, a hat, a plaster cast of a skull and iron branks.

bothy ballad 19c-20c n 
A folk-song dealing with country matters, 
usu bawdy.

Where Ugie winds through Buchan braes 
A treeless land, where beeves are good, 
And men have quaint old-fashioned ways, 
And every burn has ballad lore,
And every fermtoun has its song.
W C Smith (mid 19th cent) 

Jean McPherson maks my bed, 
She sleeps between me an the wa. 
An when I climb in ower at nicht, 
She says Buchan Geordie, ca awa.
'Turra Mart' traditional ballad


branks la 16c-brankis 16c-17c n 
1 A kind of bridle or halter, orig with wooden side pieces 16c-
2 An instrument of public punishment la 16c-, now hist

Scottish instrument of ecclesiastical punishment, chiefly employed for the coercion of female scolds, and those adjudged guilty of defamation and slander. It may be described as a skeleton iron helmet, having a gag of the same metal, which entered the mouth and effectually brankit that unruly member -  the tongue. 
Daniel Wilson 1851 Archaeology and the Prehistoric Annals of Scotland


Brig o Balgownie n 
A bridge over the River Don in Aberdeen built in the 14th cent with money from Robert the Bruce. Formerly the only crossing downstream of Inverurie.

An at the glint o smilin meen, 
When ripples spark wi silvry sheen, 
An lang-gane spirits tread the green 
Wi loup an jig; 
Oh! May my spirit hae the pooer 
Tae dwell for ae sweet, fleein oor, 
In fondest memory's raptured lure 
Wi thee, aul brig.
George P. Dunbar 1922 Address to the Aul Brig o Balgownie.