Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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JOCK, n. 1. Add: 1. (4) The jack in cards. (Bnff., Ags., Fif., Edb., Rxb. 2000s).

4. (34) Add quots.: wm.Sc. 1987  Anna Blair Scottish Tales (1990) 108:
At first there was silence, then Willem chuckled and Donal and two Finlays, until eight roars of laughter echoed out to the families, as eight silly men saw themselves at last as being all Jock Tamson's bairns together, and none abune the rest.
Sc. 1990  Daily Record 9 Feb :
A reader asked for information on Jock Tamson's Bairns.
The minister of Duddingston Kirk until 1840, called Jock Tamson, used to welcome people by saying: "Come in all ma' bairns." — Mr J. McDonald, Broughton Road, Edinburgh.
The name 'Jock Tamson's Bairns' comes not from Rabbie Burns, but from the Johnstone poet, Alexander Maclachlan — J. Kelly, William Street, Johnstone.
Sc. 1996  Big Issue 28 Nov 29:
After 12 years in the mines following demob, he became entertainments manager of the Jewel Social Club and the Hearts Club at Tynecastle before starting Champion Promotions in 1972. "I'm just another of Jock Tamson's Bairns," says Green.

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