David Rorie, DSO, MDCM, DPH (1867 – 18 Februar 1946) wis a doctor, folklorist an poet that scrievit in Scots. As a poet he is kenspeckle for his weel-kent sang, 'The Lum Hat wantin' the Croon'.

Rorie wis educate at Aberdeen an Edinburgh, whaur he got his MD in 1908.[1].He wis a weel-kent authority on public health in Scotland an furthset mony airticles in the Edinburgh Medical Journal, British Medical Journal, and the Edinburgh Medical Journal, whaur he wis ane o the heid editors.

He gaithert an furthset quairs o Scottish folklore, the feck o it trokit wi folk-medicine an the freits o minin folk. Ane o his quairs, Folklore of the Mining Folk of Fife wis furthset bi the Folklore Society in 1912. Rorie wis for mony yeirs a doctor in Bowhill, naur Cardenden in Fife.[2]

Dr Rorie sert in the RAMC in the 1914-18 War, attainit the rank o colonel, an wis gien the DSO an Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur.[3]

Furthset warks


Folklore of the Mining Folk of Fife (1912) Folkore Society
The Auld Doctor, and Other Poems and Songs in Scots (1920) Constable. 61 pp.
A Medico's Luck in the War (1929) Milne and Hutchison, Aberdeen. 264 pp.
The Lum Hat Wantin' the Croon, and Other Poems (1935) Moray Press. 128 pp.


  1. David, Rorie (1908). "Scottish folk medicine" (in Inglis). Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. "personalities". www.bowhillpeoplesburnsclub.co.uk. Retrieved 23 Mairch 2022.
  3. L. F. Newman, 'David Rorie, MD, CM, DPH' in Folklore Vol. 57, Issue 2, 1946 p. 96