Whistle Binkie

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Whistle Binkie was a Scottish poetry and song anthology first appearing in 1832. There were later volumes under the same title, at least four more anthologies, and collected editions appearing from 1853. The style of verse typically was in imitation of Robert Burns.[1] The series was enduringly popular, and the final Whistle Binkie anthology appeared in 1890.[2][3]

While the intention at the time was to publish Scottish writers, later critics such as Edwin Morgan have attacked the series on grounds of taste.[4] Alexander Laing saw in it "sentiment, mild pathos and sly humour" writing in 1857;[5] by a century later Hugh MacDiarmid could regard it as opening the way for children to be given "sentimental trash".[6]

First edition[edit]

Whistle Binkie was published in 1832 by David Robertson, a bookseller in Trongate, Glasgow.[7] The editor was John Donald Carrick, who also contributed to the collection.[8]


  1. ^ Kailyard and Scottish Literature. Rodopi. p. 27 note 3–28. ISBN 978-90-420-2203-4. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Gerard Carruthers (2009). Scottish Literature. Edinburgh University Press. p. 58. ISBN 978-0-7486-3309-8. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Gerard Carruthers (2009). Scottish Literature. Edinburgh University Press. p. x. ISBN 978-0-7486-3309-8. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Mary Ellen Brown (2001). William Motherwell's Cultural Politics, 1797-1835. University Press of Kentucky. p. 61. ISBN 978-0-8131-2188-8. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Alexander Laing (1857). Wayside flowers: being poems and songs. Blackie & Son. p. 20. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  6. ^ Hugh MacDiarmid (1970). Selected Essays of Hugh MacDiarmid. University of California Press. p. 98. ISBN 978-0-520-01618-7. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  7. ^  Lee, Sidney, ed. (1896). "Robertson, David". Dictionary of National Biography. 48. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
  8. ^  Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1887). "Carrick, John Donald". Dictionary of National Biography. 9. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 

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