DESCRIPTION: John Gun, the singer, says his men have robbed many a purse of gold. They stole merchant goods in a market near Inverurie. He names those who gave him trouble and have been or will be repaid. He has been set free from jail and "must go abroad"
EARLIEST DATE: 1908 (GreigDuncan2)
KEYWORDS: prison robbery exile
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
GreigDuncan2 256, GreigDuncan8 Addenda, "John Gunn" (2 texts, 1 tune)
GreigDuncan2 256, "John Gunn" (2 texts, 1 tune)
cf. "For A' That and A' That" (tune, according to GreigDuncan2)
NOTES: GreigDuncan2: "[The singer] states that John Gunn was a well known robber in the north." "[Another singer] got it about '51 or '52 from a man who had been in the Turruff [sic] district." Maybe Turriff is meant. GreigDuncan3 has a map of "places mentioned in songs in volume 3"; Turriff is at coordinate (v5,h8) on that map [roughly 31 miles NNW of Aberdeen]. - BS
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