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Four and Twenty Tailors

The 'Four and Twenty tailors' is interesting due to the reference to the 'Kyloe cow'. This breed of black cattle originated in the Western Isles of Scotland. The term "Kyloe" is believed to be a corruption of the Gaelic word meaning 'Highland'. Can you help us identify the history of this lesser known children's nursery rhyme? Alternatively, do you know of any Nursery Rhymes that we might include in this unusual section? Can you remember a nursery rhyme that we have not included? Please e-mail us with any suggestions and become part of our Nursery Rhyme site ( we will credit you with any additions!) Help us to maintain our history and heritage through the words and lyrics of the humble Nursery Rhyme.

Four and Twenty Tailors
Nursery Rhyme lyrics, origins and history

Four and Twenty tailors
Went to kill a snail;
The best man among them
Durst not touch her tail;
She put out her horns
Like a little Kyloe cow.
Run, tailors, run, or
She'll kill you all just now.

Four and Twenty Tailors
Nursery Rhyme lyrics, origins and history

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