Braemar Poacher, The
DESCRIPTION: The singer is "a rovin' Highlander, a native of Braemar." He recalls poaching, his capture in Benabourd, and trial in Aberdeen. He wishes success to poachers: "May they always be at liberty, with money at command." Now he is bound for Van Dieman's land.
EARLIEST DATE: 1905 (GreigDuncan2)
KEYWORDS: poaching transportation trial
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Greig #33, pp. 1-2, "The Poacher of Benabourd"; Greig #35, p. 2, "The Roving Highlander" or "Braemar Poacher" (1 text plus 1 fragment)
GreigDuncan2 253, "The Braemar Poacher" (3 texts, 2 tunes)
NOTES: Greig: "Benabourd is on Upper Deeside [about 60 miles west of Aberdeen]. The ditty appears to deal with a real character who had a reputation as a poacher. Caught at length he was tried and sentenced to transportation." - BS
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