DESCRIPTION: The singer rides out and hears a girl singing, "The Cairn-o'-Mount is bleak and bare, An' cauld is Clochnabane." The man offers her wealth and land if she will marry him. She promises to be true to her Donald. He reveals himself as Donald, and rich
AUTHOR: Alexander Balfour
EARLIEST DATE: c.1847 (according to Christie, 1876)
KEYWORDS: love courting disguise trick
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (5 citations):
Ford-VagabondSongsAndBalladsOfScotland, pp. 106-109, "Cairn-o'-Mount" (1 text)
Greig-FolkSongInBuchan-FolkSongOfTheNorthEast #55, pp. 1-2, "Cairn-o'-Mount" (1 text)
Greig/Duncan5 1042, "Cairn o' Mount" (11 texts plus a single verse on p. 629, 8 tunes)
Ord-BothySongsAndBallads, pp. 436-437, "Cairn-o'-Mount" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: W. Christie, editor, Traditional Ballad Airs (Edinburgh, 1876 (downloadable pdf by University of Edinburgh, 2007)), Vol I, pp. 26-27, "The Laird Abeen the Dee" (1 tune)

Roud #3794
cf. "John (George) Riley (I)" [Laws N36] (plot) and references there
Scotland's Queen
The Mills o' Dye
NOTES [17 words]: Christie: "The Ballad was written from the singing of a farm servant in Buchan about the year 1847." - BS
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