Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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GRANNIE, n., v. 8. Add Comb.: Granny's Hielan Hame, Nostalgic reference, esp. in a song, to an idealised rural past in the Highlands.Ags. 1988 Raymond Vettese The Richt Noise 90:
"Nostalgia." Noo there's a word.
Gin it's no Scots it shuid be.
Why juist the ither nicht I heard
a haill barfu bawlin aboot
Granny's Hielan' Hame.
Sc. 1992 Herald 1 Aug 11:
The myths of good neighbourliness in the old slums are parallel to the kailyard's myths of an industrious and virtuous rural society and Wildcat's songs are often just as shallowly sentimental as any old music ballad about granny's hielan' hame.
Sc. 1996 Sunday Times 24 Nov :
In fact [Walter] Scott was one of the main agents responsible for the construction of British identity in Scotland and the almost successful permanent geographical description of North Britain. His championship of irrational romanticism is more than anything else responsible for the creation of Brigadoon and "granny's hielan hame" Scotland.
em.Sc. 1997 Ian Rankin Black & Blue (1999) 183:
Rebus knew he was being sold a line, the same line any tourists to the north would be sold — this was the country of Baxter's soups, men in skirts, and granny's hieland hame; oil was just another industry, the city and its people had risen above it.
Sc. 1999 Scotsman 12 Oct 15:
Back in the real world, to the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, where, not content with a tea-room which will forever be part of China, A Reader has discovered a fine reincarnation of granny's Hielan hame. He writes: "Traipsing through a new woodland section, there was the croft house by a wee lochan.
Sc. 2001 Sunday Herald 1 Apr 4:
I would still contend, nevertheless, that allowing your national story to be reinterpreted by others, even by affectionate members of the Scottish diaspora, leads to trouble. We are not living, as it happens, in a tourist board brochure. We are not, for the most part, quaint little characters in folk costumes happy to sell granny and her hielan' hame for a few travellers' cheques.

8. (7) Add to defin.: See also mutch n. 2. (6)

8. (7) (e) Add quots.: Gsw. 1964 George Friel The Boy who Wanted Peace (1985) 90:
"Ach yer grannie's mutch!" Mrs Phinn retorted contemptuously.
Gsw. 1991 Anna Blair More Tea at Miss Cranston's 208:
Peggy had another wee puzzle when she was only a Mixed Infant and telling a tall story. Then her granny was in for it too. "'Och, your Granny's mutch!' someone'd say. But — here my granny did wear a mutch and I didnae know what that had to do wi' me telling a wee fib."

8. (8) (a) Add variant granny sooker. Add to defin.: (grannie's sooker Bnff., Fif., Edb., Ayr., Dmf. 2000s; granny sooker Gsw. 1980s).
Add quots.: Dundee 1986 David A. MacMurchie I Remember Another Princes Street! 29:
... causing the cases to topple, scattering the sweets so that the street was white with 'granny-sookers'.
Abd. 1990 Stanley Robertson Fish-Hooses (1992) 127:
Sometimes he wid tak her in some granny-sookers or jube jubes, so that she wid have something fine tae taste her mooth, ...

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