Fraserburgh Meal Riot, The
DESCRIPTION: Charlie is warned to run because the fisher wives are shouting. It will be a bloody morning. Charlie runs away from town across the dyke. We have to fight so "the meal will be doon in the mornin'"
EARLIEST DATE: 1908 (GreigDuncan2)
KEYWORDS: violence commerce food
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Greig #147, p. 1, ("Charlie, Charlie, rise and rin"); Greig #149, p. 2, "Meal Riots" (2 fragments)
GreigDuncan2 240, "The Fraserburgh Meal Riot" (2 fragments)
NOTES: GreigDuncan2: "The song probably relates to the riot that took place on 6 March 1813. A mob, in which a fisherwoman played a prominent part, turned back a cart carrying grain belonging to Charles and George Simpson, grain dealers in Fraserburgh, which was being taken to the harbour to be shipped on board the sloop Resolution at a time when popular feeling demanded that it should be kept for the local market. When Charles Simpson made a move to continue the attempt to ship the grain, he was pelted with mud and stones and pursued by the mob." - BS
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