From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

A bodle or boddle or bodwell, also known as a half groat or Turner was a Scottish copper coin, of less value than a bawbee, worth about one-sixth of an English penny, first issued under Charles II.[1] They were minted until the coronation of Anne. Its name may derive from Bothwell (a mint-master).[1]

It is mentioned in one of the songs of Joanna Baillie:

Black Madge, she is prudent, has sense in her noddle
Is douce and respectit; I carena a bodle.

The use of the word survives in the anglicised phrase "not to care a bodle",[1] which Brewer glosses as "not to care a farthing". Something similar appears in Burns' Tam o' Shanter (line 110), it is also mentioned:

Fair play, he car'd na deils a boddle (He cared not devils a bodle)

See also[edit]

In Sunderland, County Durham, in the North of England there is a well known as the Bodelwell.


  1. ^ a b c  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Bodle". Encyclopædia Britannica. 4 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 110.

External links[edit]