Meaning of Jock Tamson's bairns in English:

Jock Tamson's bairns

Pronunciation /ˌdʒɒk ˈtams(ə)nz bɛːnz/


informal Scottish
  • Mankind, common humanity. Chiefly in "we are all Jock Tamson's bairns" (and variants): used to express the belief that all people are equal, or to convey a feeling of fellowship, community, or shared interest.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Day. From the genitive of the personal name Jock Tamson (from the male forename Jock + the surname Tamson, Scottish variant of Thomson) + the plural of bairn.