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Oor Wullie!-Your Wullie!-A'Body's Wullie

Updated on March 16, 2014

Oor Wullie Intro

Care to meet Oor Wullie. When I was a young lad, I was often associated with Oor Wullie because of the antics I got up to, hence the reason why I am excited about creating this Squidoo Lens and introducing him to you, so as you browse through, I am afraid to say, aye a did da many o yon things that he is dain. And aye, Ma favrit food is ma Maw's mince an' tatties wi peas, of which is still to this day, ma first meal when a git hame! Hope you like Oor Wullie, cause he's Your Wullie!-A'Body's Wullie :-)

Hi ma name's Wullie, am fra Auchenshoogle in Scotland, am 9 years auld.

I luv ta sit on ma bucket in ma garden and think o ways me an' ma mates can play tricks on PC Murdoch.

Ma best mates are Fat Bob, Soapy Souter an' Wee Eck.

A'v got a wee pet moose called Jeemy an' a dug called Harry.

Ma favrit clathes are ma black dungarees, yal no see me warin anythin eles.

Ma favrit food is ma Maw's mince an' tatties wi peas.... magic!!

Ma hobbies ar' fitba, fishin, kartin an' ramblin in Balgeddie Wuds..

Check oot Wullie's cousins, The Broons!

Mair Aboot Oor Wullie

Oor Wullie is a Scottish comic strip published in the D.C. Thomson newspaper, The Sunday Post. It features a boy named William, known as Wullie (Oor Wullie is Our Willie in Scots). His trademarks are spiky hair, dungarees and an upturned bucket, which he often uses as a seat. Indeed, most strips since early 1937 begin and end with a single panel of Wullie sitting on his bucket. The earliest strips always ended with Wullie complaining ("I nivver get ony fun roond here!") and featured little dialogue. The artistic style settled down by 1940 and has changed little since. A frequent tagline reads, "Oor Wullie! Your Wullie! A'body's Wullie!" (Our Willie! Your Willie! Everybody's Willie!).

Created by D.C. Thompson editor R.D. Low and drawn by cartoonist Dudley D. Watkins, the strip first appeared on 8 March 1936. Watkins continued to draw Oor Wullie until his death in 1969, after which the Post recycled his work into the 1970s. New strips were eventually commissioned from Tom Lavery, followed by Peter Davidson. Ken H. Harrison then drew the strip from 1989 until 1997 when Davidson resumed duties. Between January 2005 and 2006, storylines were written by broadcaster Tom Morton from his home in Shetland, and subsequently they were written by Dave Donaldson, managing director of D. C. Thomson's comics division. The current writer is former Dandy editor Morris Heggie

The 2014 Broons and Oor Wullie Gift Book

Broons and Oor Wullie Giftbook 2014
Broons and Oor Wullie Giftbook 2014

A wee gift book fi Oor Wullie and his cousins The Broons! Plenty oh laughs contained within, enjoy!

 

Characters and Story

Oor Wullie's hometown is an amalgam of Dundee and Glasgow. It is unnamed in the original Watkins strips, but it has been called Auchenshoogle since the late 1990s. In the original Watkins scripts the dialect unquestionably placed the action on Scotland's east coast, probably D.C. Thomson's hometown of Dundee. In 1970s annuals, which reprinted earlier strips, Watkins' dialogue was Anglicised somewhat, and the current scripts feature Scots dialect of a more generic kind.

Oor Wullie's adventures consist mostly of unrealistic get-rich-quick schemes that lead to mischief, to the despair of his parents Ma and Pa (Dave), and the local policeman, P.C. Joe Murdoch. Oor Wullie's friends are Fat Boab (Eng: Fat Bob), Wee Eck (Eng: Little Alec), and Soapy Soutar, and he is the leader of their gang, a position which is frequently disputed by the others. He used to have another friend called Ezzy, who stopped appearing in the strips, along with Wullie's little brother. He owns a pet mouse named Jeemy, and a pet hedgehog named Hamish, and in later years has gained a Highland Terrier named Harry, and a "sometime-girlfriend", Primrose Patterson. Characters from The Broons occasionally feature, particularly Granpaw.

Wullie is nine years old, and his height has been specified at four feet, six inches tall. His catch phrases consist of "Jings", "Crivvens", and "Help ma Boab".

The Oor Wullie strips are presented in a bi-annual with every other year being given over to The Broons. A series of compilation albums have been published over the years featuring The Broons and Oor Wullie on alternate pages.

William Ross, Baron Ross of Marnock, Secretary of State for Scotland 1964-1970 and 1974-1976, was occasionally depicted in political cartoons seated on a bucket as Oor Wullie.

In March 2006, BBC Scotland documentary Happy Birthday Oor Wullie celebrated the character's 70th anniversary with celebrity guests including Karen Dunbar, Sanjeev Kohli, Kaye Adams, Iain Robertson, Tony Roper, Tam Cowan, Stuart Cosgrove, Dominik Diamond and was narrated by Lord of the Rings star Billy Boyd.

When The Topper launched in 1953, Oor Wullie appeared in the masthead, although not as a story in the comic. He often appeared sitting on his bucket, though other poses were used as well. The pose on Topper no. 1 had him wearing a top hat. He had the top hat in one hand and the other hand pointing at the Topper logo.

Early annuals were undated, so this information is to help identify them. The annuals alternated years with The Broons annuals. Prices are in shillings and (old) pence with one shilling equal to 12d. Later annuals had the copyright date inside them. Annuals were printed in the autumn in time for Christmas.

Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information

Q. What is the name of the local river, which has been the scene of many adventures of "Oor Wullie" and his pals?

A. The Stoorie. In rare poetic mood, "Oor Wullie" was once seen posing on a footbridge over the Stoorie, reciting "Oh. ancient bridge o'er River Stoorie ... ye'd be voted tops by ony jury". In Scottish vernacular, brae means slope, neep means turnip, and stane means stone. Stoorie has several meanings, including dusty or dirty.

Q. The parents of "Oor Wullie" have appeared frequently in his comic strip sketches, but what are their names?

A. Their names have never been revealed.. Wullie's parents have always been known simply as Ma and Pa.

Q. "Oor Wullie" has often been seen with a pet animal. What kind of animal was this?

A. A mouse called Jeemy.. In one hilarious sketch, Jeemy went missing and Wullie let his imagination roam free over what sort of life Jeemy might be leading. He imagined Jeemy joining a circus, but frightening the elephants, and then thought maybe Jeemy could have fallen in with a gang of animals who raided shops to steal cheese. He eventually reported Jeemy 'moose-napped' to P.C. Murdoch, but later remembered that Jeemy was hidden inside his shirt!

Q. "Oor Wullie" had an uncle whose name was revealed in several early sketches, and this has given rise to speculation on Wullie's surname. What was the full name of this rarely seen relative?

A. Wattie Russell. Wattie Russell was a wartime private in one of the Scottish regiments, and occasionally visited Wullie's family. It was never revealed whether Wattie was related on Wullie's father's or mother's side of the family, so Wullie's surname may have been Russell. Uncle Wattie, spelt Watty on his kitbag, was always greeted with affection by Wullie's mother, which could indicate he was her brother.

Q. What was the name and rank of the policeman who regularly featured in the "Oor Wullie" comic strips? "Oor Wullie"

A. Constable Murdoch. Constable Murdoch, usually referred to as P.C. Murdoch, and occasionally called Joe by friends and fellow officers, is a regular in the "Oor Wullie" comic strips. Wullie was often in trouble with him, but still managed to stay on good terms. In one sketch, Wullie and his friends, Bob and Soapy, dammed a small stream creating a large pool. Off duty P.C. Murdoch then went fishing in the pool and invited Wullie to share his catch. According to an article in The Scotsman, dated 27 February 2006, P.C. Murdoch was based on a real policeman called Sandy Marnoch who served in the Fife Police Force.

Q. In the final frame of his comic strip adventures, "Oor Wullie" has almost always been shown in a particular stance. What was he doing?

A. Sitting on an upturned bucket.. "Oor Wullie" without his bucket and dungarees would not be the same, and both have featured since he first appeared in 1936. Occasionally he's had padding or cushions on the bucket, such as when he got his bottom smacked for damaging the instruments of a marching band.

Q. "Oor Wullie" has invariably been depicted wearing a particular type of clothing. What was this?

A. Dungarees. Wullie's dungarees, along with his bucket, have been a feature of almost every "Oor Wullie" comic strip since its inception, though occasionally he's been depicted reluctantly wearing his best clothes or even a kilt. In one amusing sketch he was twice drenched by passing cars speeding through a large puddle. "Look at me - I'm drookit" he exclaimed. When he arrived home, his mother made him remove his wet clothing and put on a dressing gown, which he was still wearing when he took up his usual position seated on his bucket.

Q. In what year did the first "Oor Wullie" comic strip appear?

A. 1936. "Oor Wullie" first appeared in the comic section of the Sunday Post newspaper on 8 March, 1936, and was still a regular feature over seventy years later. The first "Oor Wullie" annual, the 1940 edition, was published in October, 1940. Early editions of the "Oor Wullie" annuals have become highly sought after by collectors, and have sold for thousands of pounds.

Q. In which Scottish town did "Oor Wullie" live?

A. Auchenshoogle. For many years there was speculation about which town was the location for "Oor Wullie" and his escapades, some sources claiming it was Glasgow, and others claiming Dundee. Only in the 1990s, some sixty years after the creation of "Oor Wullie" was the town's name revealed as Auchenshoogle, an entirely fictional place.

Q. "Oor Wullie" is something of an icon to Scottish people the world over, but what do the words really mean?

A. our William. Although known mainly by his shortened name, Wullie was sometimes called William, especially by his schoolteachers and some of the girls in his class. In one sketch he left his schoolbag at home, so his teacher said "No books William? You'll just have to share with Primrose". His friends were very amused at this, and started calling him Wilhemina!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Does anyone recall ONE strip probably late 1970's where he had a pet rabbit called Mappy. I can't find my old annuals and nobody believes

      me when I tell them about Mappy. GB Carlisle

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      Lisa Morris 

      6 years ago

      I enjoyed learning about Oor Wullie.

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      Bill Armstrong 

      6 years ago from Valencia, California

      @anonymous: Prey tell more!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      the answer to Q13 is actually wrong. In one strip many years ago Wullie's mum called his dad Dave.

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      Bill Armstrong 

      6 years ago from Valencia, California

      Cheers fur awe yer braw wurds :-)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for the laugh. I'll have to find more of his strips to read.

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      derryod 

      6 years ago

      lol, love how you were able to capture the Scottish accent at the start :)

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      Andy-Po 

      6 years ago

      I don't think I've seen Oor Wullie before, but I did O.K. in the quiz (I got two wrong) Looks like a real classic comic strip.

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      kathysart 

      6 years ago

      Such a cute little character.. I did not know of him before I saw your lenses. Goes to show EVERYTHING is on Squidoo! yay! Angel blessed lens.

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      goo2eyes lm 

      6 years ago

      thank you for sharing this lens. i enjoyed the story.

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      Donnette Davis 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      I was terrible at the quiz, but thoroughly enjoyed reading this page

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      Bill Armstrong 

      6 years ago from Valencia, California

      Aye cheers fur ra braw comments :-)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing the adventures and history of Oor Willie, fun and well done!

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      privresearch 

      6 years ago

      Very fun lens

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      privresearch 

      6 years ago

      Very fun lens

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      JoshK47 

      6 years ago

      What a fun, interesting lens - thanks for sharing!

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      LindaFoster LM 

      6 years ago

      Great lens Billy :) Oor Wullie the lovable wee rogue lol. Thanks for sharing brings back childhood memories.

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      yayas 

      6 years ago

      Really enjoyed reading 'bout Oor Wullie. Thanks for sharing.

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      Bill Armstrong 

      7 years ago from Valencia, California

      Thanks for awe yer gid comments, wull be updatin ma lens soon, awe ra best

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      Kelly Martin 

      7 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      Nice Lens, as a Geordie I enjoyed reading it and hearing the Scottish accent in my head, thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      I've never seen "Oor Wullie" before this. I'm pretty good at understanding dialects, but some of them had me stumped. I love studying the many different ways English is spoken! Nice job on this lens.

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      Bill Armstrong 

      7 years ago from Valencia, California

      @indigoj: Ah thanks you and I will now proceed to view your lens

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      Indigo Janson 

      7 years ago from UK

      So glad to see 'Oor Wullie' here. I give Wullie and the Broons credit for teaching me to understand the locals... :) I've got a lens that is a compilation of Scottish lenses, both my own and those of various other lensmasters. Next time I work on it I'll feature this one!

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Very nice variety and antics.

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      Bill Armstrong 

      7 years ago from Valencia, California

      @joseph7384: Thank you Sir, much appreciated

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      Bill Armstrong 

      7 years ago from Valencia, California

      @MarianaFargasch: He's a cool guy

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      joseph7384 

      7 years ago

      A well deserved squidlike.

      Joseph

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      Bill Armstrong 

      7 years ago from Valencia, California

      @MarianaFargasch: Thank you

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      MarianaFargasch 

      7 years ago

      Cute lens :)

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