Presbyterian Cat, The (The Cameronian Cat)

DESCRIPTION: "There was an auld Seceder's cat, Gaed hunting for a prey, And ben the house she catched a mouse Upon the Sabbath day." The cat, returning home, is condemned by her owner for violating the Sabbath, read a lesson -- and executed
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1819 (Hogg1)
KEYWORDS: animal trial execution clergy
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland) US(NE)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Hogg1 22, "The Cameronian Cat" (1 text, 1 tune)
GreigDuncan3 689, "The Presbyterian Cat" (1 text)
Ford-Vagabond, pp. 319-321, "The Cameronian Cat" (1 text)
DT, CAMERCAT

Roud #4576
ALTERNATE TITLES:
The Auld Seceder's Cat
NOTES: Hogg1: "This is another popular country song, and very old.... [It] is always sung by the wags in mockery of great pretended strictness of the Covenanters, which is certainly, in some cases, carried to an extremity rather ludicrous.... The air is very sweet, but has a strong resemblance to one of their popular psalm-tunes." - BS
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File: FVS319

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