Greedy Gled o' Mains, The
DESCRIPTION: "There lives a farmer in this place" known for his greed. In all weather he greedily drives his crew. He is too smart for "poor silly folk" round about. "Grab a' ye can is aye the plan Wi' the greedy gled o' Mains."
EARLIEST DATE: 1901 (GreigDuncan3)
KEYWORDS: greed commerce farming nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan3 358, "The Greedy Gled o' Mains" (1 text)
cf. "The Glead" (subject?)
NOTES: GreigDuncan3 glossary p. xlii: "gled,glead" is translated as "kite,hawk"
GreigDuncan3: "John Milne published this song in 1901 (Milne, p. 9) and commented: '[This song] was popular in the first thirty years of the [nineteenth century].'"
This song begins "There lives a farmer in this place His name ye nead na speire." GreigDuncan3 says nothing to solve the mystery for this song or for "The Glead." It seems likely to me that both songs are about the same person.
GreigDuncan3 has a map on p. xxxv, of "places mentioned in songs in volume 3" showing the song number as well as place name; Mains of Pitfour (358) is at coordinate (h5,v0) on that map [roughly 28 miles N of Aberdeen] - BS
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