Lass o' the Lecht, The
DESCRIPTION: A servant girl becomes lost in a storm on Earnan's banks. Her master organizes a search. The towns that participate are named. Searchers and bloodhounds fail to find her in the snow. Her body is found in May and buried in Corgarff churchyard.
EARLIEST DATE: 1910 (GreigDuncan2)
KEYWORDS: burial corpse death storm servant
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Greig #129, p. 1, "The Lass of the Lecht" (1 text)
GreigDuncan2 229, "The Lass o' the Lecht" (3 texts)
cf. "Johnnie Cope" (tune, according to GreigDuncan2)
cf. "Haughs o' Cromdale" (tune, according to GreigDuncan2)
The Lass o' the Light
NOTES [104 words]: GreigDuncan2: "From leaflet printed at Grantown. Girl was a daughter of Lewis Cruickshank, a contractor near Advie. She was in service at Milton of Allargue. Got permission to visit a former master and mistress near Tomintoul. Tragic death in February 1860. Body found in following May."
Margaret Cruikshank "set off from Tomintoul ... to cross the Lecht Pass over the Ladder Hills [in the current Cairngorms National Park].... body was discovered in Strathdon, on the banks of the river Earnan, many miles from the Lecht" (source: "History - Whisky Smuggling" at the Glenlivet Estate site).
Corgarff is in Aberdeenshire. - BS
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