Title - Recollections of fiddler Joseph Sim and piper Francie Markis... 
Contributors - Unknown (male) 
Reporters - Hamish Henderson 
Item Person - Sim, Joseph [the Wonderful Boy]; Markiss, Francis 'Francie' 

Summary - Recollections of fiddler Joseph Sim and piper Francie Markiss.

Few could compete on the fiddle with Joseph Sim from New Byth, whose byname was 'the Wonderful Boy'. Hamish Henderson asks if he was the nephew of Francie Markiss, but Jimmy says no. There was an older and younger Joseph Sim. Francie Markiss played the bass fiddle and the bellows-pipes (or cold wind pipes), at Turra [Turriff] Market. Jimmy has seen him there being hurled [wheeled] in a three-wheeled pram.


Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:01:39 
Date Recorded - 1955 
Language - English, Scots 
Genre - Information 
Collection - School of Scottish Studies  Title - Descriptions of Francie Markiss and the Irish pipes. 
Contributors - Geordie Robertson; Unknown (male) 
Reporters - Hamish Henderson 
Item Person - Markiss, Francis 'Francie' [Francie Markies] 

Summary - Descriptions of Francie Markiss and the Irish pipes.

Francie Markiss played the Irish or caul win' [cold wind] pipes, with two bags. He had them well in tune. There were different designs: some had the three drones into one stock. Markiss used to play for money at Skippy Fair, and at the June market. Markiss was a good piper and fiddler too. He wanted to take his sister to Gight Games to breed her to Donald Dinnie. He was a queer traveller [walker]. He always wore white moleskin trousers. 

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:03:02 
Date Recorded - 1954.08 
Language - Scots 
Genre - Information 
Collection - School of Scottish Studies 

Track ID - 10270 
Original Tape ID - SA1954.094 
Original Track ID - SA1954.94.A9 
Audio Quality - Good 
Audio Format - R2R Title - Francie Markiss competes against Donald Dinnie at Elgin High... 
Contributors - Charles Lemmon Simpson 
Reporters - Hamish Henderson 
Item Person - Markiss, Francis 'Francie' [Markies, Francie]; Dinnie, Donald, strongman 

Summary - Francie Markiss competes against Donald Dinnie at Elgin Highland Games.

Francie Markiss made a lot of money playing at fairs and markets, including Banff market at Turriff, Fogieloan [Aberchirder], and as far as Huntly. He also competed at Highland Games, throwing the hammer. He met Donald Dinnie at the Elgin games and told him just to wait till he got Jean [his sister], who would teach them to be proper putters and throwers. 


Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:01:02 
Date Recorded - 1953 
Language - Scots 
Genre - Story, Information 
Collection - School of Scottish Studies 

Track ID - 9748 
Original Tape ID - SA1953.245 
Original Track ID - SA1953.245.A11 
Audio Quality - Good 
Audio Format - R2R 

Title - Information on Jock and Meg Pome, and Francis (Francie) Mark... 
Contributors - Belle Stewart 
Reporters - Hamish Henderson 
Item Person - Markiss, Francie; Pome, Jock; Pome, Meg 

Summary - Information on Jock and Meg Pome, and Francis (Francie) Markiss.

Brother and sister Jock and Meg were Travellers who sold things for a living and were also fine singers. They would travel in the area around the Moss of Rora, Peterhead and Longside, where everyone knew them.

There was another man named Francie Markiss around Newbyth who would play the Irish pipes, known as "bellows pipes" to the Travellers. He used crutches to get around. He also used to play with a fiddler (possibly named Joseph Simm) at fairs and festivals. 

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:02:23 
Date Recorded - 1953 
Language - English 
Genre - Information 
Collection - School of Scottish Studies 

Track ID - 26113 
Original Tape ID - SA1953.238 
Original Track ID - SA1953.238.B9 
Audio Quality - Fair 
Audio Format - R2R Title - Reminiscences of Highland dancing, farmservants, and the mus... 
Contributors - Willie Mathieson; George Hay 
Reporters - Hamish Henderson 
Item Person - Hay, George 'Lordie'; Markiss, Francie; Sim, Joseph (the Wonderful Boy); Davies, George (road foreman) 

Summary - Reminiscences of Highland dancing, farmservants, and the musicians Francie Markiss and Joseph Sim.

George 'Lordie' Hay used to dance the Highland Fling and the Schottische, often to Francie Markiss on his pipes. He remembers some of the people named along with himself in the bothy ballad 'Wester Badentyre', including foreman George Bremner, John Cowie, second horseman, and Andrew Chiverie the stooker [harvester]. Francie was an old, stout man on oxter [armpit] crutches in Lordie's time. At one time, he ran to all the games and picnics, and climbed and jumped. Lordie thought he was "rough" on the fiddle, but good on the bellows pipes and bass. His companion, known as 'the Wonderful Boy', was Joseph Sim from Byth. They both had a huge capacity for food. He went into a restaurant asking for food, was given soup and ate a whole turkey. When Lordie was at Inverichnie they played at Banff Market. While Lordie and his workmate were having breakfast, Francie and the Boy arrived; they were given huge bowls of food and ate the lot. They were both bellows pipers and played at feeing [hiring] markets and horse markets.

Willie Mathieson speaks about George Davies the road foreman, who took huge strides. 

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:07:28 
Date Recorded - 1952.01 
Language - Scots 
Genre - Information 
Collection - School of Scottish Studies 

Track ID - 18454 
Original Tape ID - SA1952.014 
Original Track ID - SA1952.14.B1 (B6) 
Audio Quality - Good 
Audio Format - R2R Title - Wester Badenteer 
Contributors - Willie Mathieson 
Reporters - Hamish Henderson 
Item Person - Hay, 'Lordie'; Markiss, Francie 

Summary - The song is about the farm at Wester Badentyre, in the late 1890s, and enumerates its workforce. There is a description of a working day in the life of the farm and a vivid picture of the 'ball': Francie Markiss comes with his fiddle, there is tea and biscuits, and Lordie sings music-hall songs. 

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:04:27 
Date Recorded - 1953.01 
Language - Scots 
Genre - Song 
Collection - School of Scottish Studies 

Track ID - 18143 
Original Tape ID - SA1952.012 
Original Track ID - SA1952.12.A1 
Audio Quality - Good 
Audio Format - R2R 

Title - Information about local musicians and kenspeckle characters.... 
Contributors - Willie Mathieson 
Reporters - Hamish Henderson 
Item Person - Markiss, Francie; Hay, 'Lordie'; Sim, Joseph [the Wonderful Boy] 

Summary - Information about local musicians and kenspeckle characters.

Lordie [Hay] is still alive [1952], but Francie Markiss is dead. He was a great man who once raced a train, and he was a glutton, eating a bucket of tatties for his dinner. He was a fiddler, and travelled with a singer known as the 'Wonderful Boy'. Francie sang at Turra [Turriff] Market but when he saw the police he stopped. They had 'rough' songs that could not be sung on the streets. MacBeath is still singing and making a living at Keith. Hamish Henderson asks if Francie was a piper, as Dr Hunter had mentioned this, but Willie Mathieson never heard him play the pipes. Once when Francie was left to look after the family dinner he kept tasting the turkey to see if it was ready and ate it all. A good feed did not stop him running a race; he won races at Banchory or Braemar and at Edinburgh.



Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:07:12 
Date Recorded - 1953.01 
Language - Scots 
Genre - Information 
Collection - School of Scottish Studies