Come Under My Plaidie

DESCRIPTION: Old Donald invites Marion in from the snow to sit with him. She says she is going to meet young Johnnie. Donald says Johnnie has nothing, but he can give her fine things. She goes with Donald. Johnnie overhears and heads home through the snow.
AUTHOR: Hector Macneill (1746-1818) (according to Whitelaw (see Note))
EARLIEST DATE: 1803 (Johnson,_Scots Musical Museum_, according to Whitelaw)
LONG DESCRIPTION: 62-year-old Donald the butcher invites Marion in from the cold blast and snow to sit with him under his plaidie where "there's room in't, dear lassie! believe me for twa." She says she is going to meet 30-year-old Johnniewho's young, bonny, and a fine dancer. Donald says Johnnie has nothing but he himself can give her fine clothes, house and flunkies. She follows her mother's advice and goes with Donald. Johnnie overhears the wedding date being set and heads home broken-hearted though the snow.
KEYWORDS: age courting rejection money storm
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REFERENCES (1 citation):
Whitelaw-Song, p. 32, "Come Under My Plaidie" (1 text)
Roud #8694
BROADSIDES:
Bodleian, Harding B 17(55b), "Come Under My Plaidie" ("Come under my plaidie, the night's gaun to fa'"), The Poet's box (Glasgow), 1851; also Harding B 16(55c), Harding B 11(631), Firth b.26(196), Firth b.27(69), "Come Under My Plaidie"; Harding B 11(663), Harding B 26(102), "Come Under My Plaidy"
Murray, Mu23-y4:018, "Come Under My Plaidie" ("Come under my plaidie, the nights gaun to fa'"), unknown, 19C
NLScotland, L.C.Fol.70(34b), "Come Under My Plaidie" ("Come under my plaidie, the nicht's gaun to fa'"), unknown, c.1890

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Sequel to Come Under My Plaidie" (theme)
cf. "Johnny Macgill" (tune, according to Bodleian broadsides Harding B 17(55b) and Harding B 11(663))
NOTES: Broadsides Murray Mu23-y4:018 and Bodleian Firth b.27(69) are duplicates.
Whitelaw: "Written by Hector Macneil to the [tune] Johnnie M'Gill, and published in the sixth volume of Johnson's Museum." - BS
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