Mormond Braes (I)

DESCRIPTION: A (lass/lad) laments a lost sweetheart, (who promised to marry but proved fickle). At last (she) says she will find another sweetheart elsewhere. "So fare ye weel, ye Mormond braes, Where after I've been cheerie... Sin I hae lost my dearie."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: before 1894 (Murison collection, according to Lyle, _Fairies and Folk_)
KEYWORDS: love abandonment rambling
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (6 citations):
Ford-VagabondSongsAndBalladsOfScotland, pp. 171-173, "Mormond Braes" (1 text, 1 tune)
Greig-FolkSongInBuchan-FolkSongOfTheNorthEast #1, pp. 2-3, "Mormond Braes"; #6, p. 3, "Mormond Braes"; #107, p. 2, ("Farewell to Pulteney-banks"); #4, p. 3, ("Farewell ye Mormond Braes"); "Folk-Song in Buchan," pp. 63-64, "Mormond Braes" (3 texts plus 5 fragments, 1 tune)
Greig/Duncan6 1142, "Mormond Braes," Greig/Duncan8 Addenda, "Mormond Braes" (25 texts plus a single verse on p. 554, 22 tunes)
Ord-BothySongsAndBallads, pp. 62-63, "Mormond Braes" (1 text, 1 tune)
MacColl-PersonalChoice, p. 25, "Mormond Braes" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #2171
Daisy Chapman, "Mormond Braes" (on SCDChapman01)
Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger, "Mormond Braes" (on SCMacCollSeeger01)

NLScotland, L.C.Fol.70(124b), "Fareweel tae Blairgowrie," Poet's Box (Dundee), c. 1890
NOTES [98 words]: Greig #1: "The authorship of 'Mormond Braes' is usually attributed to Dr Gavin of Strichen, father of the late Dr Gavin. All tradtions of this kind, however are to be received with extreme caution, even when there exist no specific grounds for doubting them. And in the present case we are confronted with an awkward problem." He then goes on to quote the text of "Fareweel to Blairgowrie," which is lumped with "Mormond Braes," and discusses the problem of which came first, which borrowed what, and whether there might be an earlier ancestor. "There is really no settling such points." - BS
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