Stumpie the Lawyer

DESCRIPTION: Stumpie tells Meg it is safe when "ye needna dread ill when ye hae a Pitfour" now that the election is over. But "a mob wi' tar-barrel cam doon to the door" and played her "Lochaber no more" [used as a funeral dirge]
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1887 (Walker, _The Bards of Bon-Accord 1375-1860_, according to GreigDuncan2)
KEYWORDS: fire nonballad political
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan2 242, "Stumpie the Lawyer" (1 text)
Roud #5846
cf. "Logie o' Buchan" (tune, according to GreigDuncan2)
NOTES [62 words]: GreigDuncan2: "Part of a song current in Aberdeen about 1805. Election row -- Pitfour one of the contestants. Rabble took a tar-barrel down to a 'howl' in Netherkirkgate kept by 'Salmon Meg' (woman's husband being a salmon fisher) -- a house frequented by Pitfour -- and set fire to it. Kennedy the advocate and 'Annalist' is the 'Stumpie' of the song; he was a cripple." - BS
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