Auld Man's Mare's Dead, The

DESCRIPTION: "The auld man's mare's dead (x3), A mile aboon Dundee." "She had the fiercie and the fleuk... On ilka knee she had a breuk, What ailed the beast to dee?" The beast's decrepitude, and the old man's mourning, are described in repetitive detail
AUTHOR: Patrick Birnie?
EARLIEST DATE: 1904 (Ford)
KEYWORDS: horse death disease
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Ford-Vagabond, pp. 280-282, "The Auld Man's Mare's Dead" (1 text, 1 tune)
GreigDuncan3 494, "The Auld Man's Mear's Deid" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Whitelaw-Song, p. 128, "The Auld Man's Mear" (2 texts)

Roud #5880
NOTES: Whitelaw-Song considers its two texts to be distinct versions with only a chorus overlapping. However, both Ford and GreigDuncan3 494a combine both Whitelaw-Song texts. GreigDuncan3 494b has no Whitelaw-Song 1 verses; both GreigDuncan3 texts add one verse not in Ford or Whitelaw-Song. - BS
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