Friday, June 27, 2008

What religion were The Broons?

" . . . wouldn’t it be an idea to have murals of more authentic representatives of Prod culture - say, the Broons and Oor Wullie?"

Splintered Sunrise has the Broons (and Oor Wullie) pegged as 'Prods', but surely with eight kids in tow, Ma and Pa Brown could have qualified as Dundee Utd season ticket holders?

Oh yes, Splintered's post is primarily about East Belfast, Loyalist murals and CS Lewis, but those old Broons and Our Wullie annuals from my late teens still flicker away in the attic of my mind.


Paul Anderson said...

No, they were Prods. Would never have been let into my grandma's household in Leith otherwise. Come on you Jambos!

Darren said...

They couldn't have been that devout.

I was a devoted reader of the Broons and Oor Wullie growing up and I can't remember the church playing that big a role in the lives of Joe, Hen, or Wee Eck and Fat Boab.

Reidski said...

I'm with you on this one Darren. Surely a "Prod" in Scotland is someone who attends Church of Scotland services on a regular - if not weekly - basis. Like you, Darren, can't remember such events occurring at all in my weekly dose in the Sunday Post.
So, not to be controversial or anything, but I would say The Broons were a normal atheist family like most families in Scotland.

Reidski said...

Btw, can't believe I've just left a comment on a post about The Broons!!!