the Wives at the
Fit o' the Toun'
I'M gaun t' sit doun, though I'm no vera gude a't,
pour oot my heart to Him that's aboon
For blessin's on him that I winna mention,
gi'en sic a gift at the fit o' the toun.
Sae aft's I hae ran t' the Boulzie Hill wallie,
waitin' my turn, I wis aye late at noon ;
An' fan I cam back there was naething but hurry ;
there's nae hinder noo at the fit o' the toun.
The wives a' aroun' me, I 'm sure they will join me,
blessin's on him wha has gi'en us the boon ;
For it's always oor crack fan we 're fillin' oor buckets
gude that he's dune at the fit o' the toun.
verses, which are understood to have been written,
as they bear to have been, by one of 'the wives at
the fit o' the toun,' commemorate the gift of a water
supply to the town by the late Mr. William Gibson,
Maulesbank, in the year 1863.
It was a small supply, to about a dozen street wells,
and it has been superseded by the Nolt Loan water
; but at the time, in the then scarcity of water in
Arbroath, it was highly prized. After Mr. Gibson's
death, and in accordance with his will, a granite
drinking fountain was erected at Brothock Bridge by
his trustees, and by them gifted to the town.
Mr. Gibson, by his will, founded eight scholarships
in the High School, and bequeathed large sums of money
for charitable purposes. The annual proceeds of these
funds are distributed in three charities, called the
Gibson Fund, the Gibson Christmas Charity, and Gibson's
Mortification for Sixteen Poor Householders. These
are three of the principal endowed charities of Arbroath.
Commentary extracted from 'Round about the Round O
with its Poets', 1883.