Willie-Wastle

(the child's game). Willie Wastle was governor of Hume Castle, Haddington. When Cromwell sent a summons to him to surrender, he replied -

Here I, Willie Wastle,
Stand firm in my castle,
And all the dogs in the town
Shan't pull Willie Wastle down.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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