Lewie Gordon (Lewis Gordon)
DESCRIPTION: "O send Lewie Gordon hame, And the lad I darena name" The singer describes her true love. "O to see this princely one Seated on his father's throne!" "Weel wad I my true love ken Amang ten thousand Highlandmen"
AUTHOR: Alexander Geddes (1737-1802) (source: _Fraser's Magazine_; see notes)
EARLIEST DATE: 1778 (_The Scots Nightingale_, according to GreigDuncan1)
KEYWORDS: rebellion exile nonballad Jacobites
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland)
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Hogg2 41, "Lewie Gordon" (1 text, 1 tune)
GreigDuncan1 133, "Lewie Gordon" (2 fragments, 1 tune)
Whitelaw-Song, pp. 73-74, "Lewis Gordon" (1 text)
Bodleian, Harding B 11(1547), "Lewie Gordon" ("O send Lewie Gordon hame"), W. and T. Fordyce (Newcastle), c.1840
cf. "Tarry Woo" (tune, according to Hogg2)
My Highland Love
NOTES: Hogg2: "'Lewie Gordon' has always been a popular ditty, and was supposed to have been made by a Mr Geddes, priest at Shenval in the Enzie, on the Lord Lewis Gordon...; on the rising in 1745, declared for Prince Charles; ... after the battle of Culloden he escaped abroad; was attainted by act of parliament, 1746; and died at Montreuil, in France, on the 15th of June, 1754."
The source for the author is Fraser's Magazine for Town and Country, (London, 1866 ("Digitized by Google")), Vol. LXXIII, p. 575, which also credits Geddes for "Wee Wifikie." - BS
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