Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire (NS9197), Scotland
Peter T. Millington (Auth.)
CORRESPONDENCE CORNER: Local Guysers' Plays
Eastwood & Kimberley Advertiser,
4th Feb.1972, Vol.75, No.4067, p.8 i
This letter summarises information received following an article published by
the author three weeks earlier. The replies gave information on; Christmas,
Guysers' plays performed at Underwood and Brinsley, Notts., and Heanor and
Pinxton, Derbys., a Christmas, Bull Guysers' play from Selston, Notts., and a
Plough Monday, Plough Bullockers' play from Kimberley, Notts. Information was
also received concerning a Scottish play [Tillicoultry, Clack.].
The form of the name "Plough Bullockers" was probably copied from a respelling
introduced by the newspaper editor into the original article, which in
manuscript used the form "Plough Bullocks".
P.T.Millington Collection (1972, A.Smith)
Mrs. Agnes Smith (Perf.)
The Sketch for three [TILLICOULTRY - CLACKMANNANSHIRE (SCOTLAND) - GUYSERS PLAY]
Com. 19th Jan.1972 & 7th Feb.1972
Two letters responding to newspaper articles (P.T.Millington, 1971 & 1972a).
They give the text (30 lines) of a Guysers (Guyesing) play from Tillicoultry,
Clackmannanshire, performed at Halloween by girls sometime before about 1932.
The characters are King of Macedonia, Galations and Dr. Brown.
I.T.Jones Collection (1982, A.Pratt - b)
Mrs. Ann Pratt (Inf.)
Radio Nottingham Phone-In: Ann Frett – follow-on phone call from Peter Millington
Com. 13th Jan.1982, Ref.L1-7
Further information from a telephone conversation with P.T.Millington following
the Radio Nottingham phone-in - Mrs. Ann Pratt, Nuthall.
Taught play by her mother Mrs. Agnes Smith who did the play in Tillicoultry.
Mrs. Pratt was aged c.5 years when she performed the play at Nitshill, Glasgow
about 1918. They then lived in the Darnley fire station & performed the play
at Halloween in the fire houses and in the hospital opposite. Being the youngest,
she played the part of the Doctor. Shortly after, the family moved to Eastwood,
Notts and tried to continue the custom there, but it did not catch on.
See P.T.Millington Collection for Agnes Smith's text.
Notes recorded by Idwal Jones in his collection incorrectly gives the surname
Frett instead of Pratt.