Fair Margaret O' Craignaritie
DESCRIPTION: A woman dreams she has a deaf, blind daughter stolen by a raven. A wise woman warns that the raven signifies a false man. She has a daughter, Margaret, who runs off to sea with an outlaw. In a storm she regrets her choice too late. The boat sinks.
EARLIEST DATE: 1824 (Sharpe)
KEYWORDS: courting death dream prophecy storm wreck mother outlaw bird
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Greig #62, p. 1, "Fair Margaret of Craignaratie" (1 text)
GreigDuncan1 21, "Fair Margaret O' Craignaritie" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: James Maidment, Scotish Ballads and Songs (Edinburgh, 1868 ("Digitized by Google")), pp. 188-195, "Fair Margaret of Craignargat"
Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe, A Ballad Book (Edinburgh, 1891, reprint of 1824 edition), Vol II, #28 pp. 13-19, "Fair Margaret of Craignargat" (1 text)
cf. "The Lost Babe" (theme)
cf. "The Vulture (of the Alps)" (theme)
NOTES: Maidment quotes and adds to Sharpe's speculation "that the story is founded on fact is probable." Sharpe places Craignargat as a "promontory in the Bay of Luce.... it was long in the Gallovidian race of Macdowal; and the fair Margaret was probably a daughter of that family." - BS
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