Robin the Smuggler
DESCRIPTION: Old Robin brewed "the pure mountain bead, The Forres and Elgin folk liked it gweed." "As the Tuesdays and Fraidays cam roon' The cairtie was packit [by Robin and his wife] wi' peats for the toon, Wi' a keg in the middle." They have not been seen recently.
EARLIEST DATE: 1907 (GreigDuncan2)
KEYWORDS: crime drink
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan2 261, "Robin the Smuggler" (1 text)
NOTES: GreigDuncan2: "Cf. 'The Kellas Peatfutherer' in the Elgin Courant and Courier of 24 March 1939, where it is said that the song was written by James Simpson from Mortlach about 1850 and was usually sung to the air of 'Muirlan' Willie'. The subject was Robert or Robbie Milne (1792-1870), a crofter at Newton of Kellas."
GreigDuncan2: "Learnt twenty-two years ago, from a man who had been feed in Morayshire and got it there. Noted 21st February 1907. This air is a version of 'Muirland Willie'...." - BS
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