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Oor Wullie and The Broons Scottish Legends

Updated on January 20, 2010

Oor Wullie! Your Wullie! A'body's Wullie!

Oor Wullie

Oor Wullie(Our William) has been a true Scottish legend since his first appearance in the scottish sunday post newspaper in 1937, he has spiky hair always wears dungarees and his chair is an upturned bucket. he and his 3 friends, Fat Boab (bob) Soapy Soutar and wee Eck (little Alec) get up to all kinds of mischief, a bit like Bart Simpson, The stories are written in the Scottish dialect and Wullie has many catch-phrases such as "Crivven's, Help ma boab, and Jings. his favourite pastimes include knocking P.c Murdock's helmet off with his catty (sling shot).stealing apples from peoples gardens and trying to get money by which ever means neccesary without stealing of course, his favourite food is mince and tatties (minced beef and potato's),made by Ma (his mum).

he has a pet (moose) mouse named Jeemy who goes with him in his pocket almost every where, and he has an on off girlfriend Primrose Paterson who appears every now and again in the comic strip.

sometimes but not often characters from the Broons cartoon strip also appear in Oor Wullie's strip and vice versa.

I buy myself a copy of the album every year at Christmas time, and the Special editions that pop up from time to time.

In March 2006, BBC Scotland documentary Happy Birthday Oor Wullie celebrated the character's 70th anniversary .

The Broon's

The Broon's

The Broon's (Brown's) are a Legendary Comic strip family,also featutred in the sunday post every week since 1936, they live in a tenement flat in 10 Glebe Street Glasgow,they are a very large family with Maw (Mum),Paw (Dad) Hen, Joe, Maggie, Daphne,Horace, the twins(i don't think they have ever been named they are better known as this one and the other one) and the bairn, there is also GrandPaw Broon who doesn't actualy live with the family but he is always there.

Most of the humour derives from the timeless themes of the 'generation gap', stretching the money as far as possible, and the constant struggle for each family member to live in a very small flat with 9 other Broons. In the end the family is always together through it all, getting through life with a gentle good humour as they argue amongst themselves. Another staple of the series is misunderstanding: inevitably the Bairn or the Twins mishear something Granpaw or another family member says, and the whole family act on it until the truth is revealed in the final panel.

I also buy the book every year at Christmas time and the Special editions that appear from time to time.

In December 2005, BBC Scotland documentary Happy Birthday Broons celebrated the family's 70th anniversary.

Ewan McGregor in the Broons


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      7 years ago

      they are the best THE BROONS ARE JUST MY there are 8 of us also but we 4 girls im sure all think we are MAGGIE. MAY THEY LAST FOREVER

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      8 years ago

      I Love these characters a part of my childhood being brought up in GLASGOW takes me right back to that time now I live in the USA but my hearts in SCOTLAND ty for this

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      8 years ago

      I too have a history of reading the Oor Wullie and The Broons along with my brothers and sister. Have to get hold of some and relive some memories. Funny how they pop in your mind after so many years I'm living in Australia now and miss them dearly good to know there are fans all over the world.

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      Jim Colville 

      9 years ago

      I was reading the facsimile of the 1st annual and I noticed that Oor Wullie had a wee brother (a bairn) what happened to him?

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      9 years ago

      I have been Oor Wullies and Broons dating back to 1957. Theree were a few years missed for whatever reason (I live In Canada) but I do remember the scramble with my sister to get to the Broons or Oor Wullie every Christmas morning. Ah the memories! Nothing like the old originals!

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      10 years ago

      I have just been given the Broons 2010 annual for my 49th Birthday which has been signed by the artist Peter Davidson and one of the writers,along with a whole goody bag of Broons memorabilia.I will keep this annual along with all my other ones starting with 1969 and enjoy reading them again and again.Thanks Peter.

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      Kenny Mackenzie 

      11 years ago

      Here is a link to a wee song I wrote a number of years ago for oor Wullie, its called 'Scotland's Oldest Wee Boy'

      Hope you like it...


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      12 years ago

      oh the broons what a memory i'v lived in the bronx for 31 years and when i see or read the broons it brings me back home oh how i miss my home love you all a scotish lass in the bronx n.y sandra

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      12 years ago

      I have lived in Essex for forty years. I still consider Dundee as my home, well actually Newport on Tay. The Broons and Oor Wullie are as staple to Scotsmen as white pudd'n or haggis. I am pleased someone else, I am sure ther e are millions, appreciate the simple, honest and really truthful way that the way of life is portrayed.

      My mother used to work for D.C.Thompson, in Dundee, in arounnd 1942, she still remembers doing the Sunday Post, with our favourite characters of course.

      Reply, please,

      PS my Father used to play for Dundee, Dundee United and Celtic

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      Jimmy the jock 

      13 years ago from Scotland

      thanks chuck they are quite fun to read but very repetitive sometimes

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      Chuck Nugent 

      13 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Great hub. It was nice to see something that continues to entertain over such a long period.

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      Jimmy the jock 

      13 years ago from Scotland

      lol tom

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      13 years ago from England

      An' lang may their lums...

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      Jimmy the jock 

      13 years ago from Scotland

      lol thanks wajay,

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      13 years ago

      Thanks, Jimmy. Three cheers for Wullie, I had almost forgotten about slingshots! Great hub!


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