Mains o' Elrick
DESCRIPTION: "'Twad be a crime, shame, and disgrace, To hear the people say, That the folk o' Little Elrick Works upon the Sabbath day."
EARLIEST DATE: 1905 (GreigDuncan3)
KEYWORDS: farming work nonballad religious
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan3 361, "Mains o' Elrick" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
NOTES: The current description is all of the GreigDuncan3 fragment.
GreigDuncan3: "Noted [by Duncan] 1905 from Mrs Gillespie. A fragment of a doggerel song made about 1855. The queen visited Haddo House that year, and the servants at Little Elrick were angry because they received no holiday .... The servants took revenge by working on Sabbath, while the people passed to church, a fact alluded to in this verse."
GreigDuncan3 has a map on p. xxxv, of "places mentioned in songs in volume 3" showing the song number as well as place name; Little Elrick (361) is at coordinate (h4-5,v9-0) on that map [near New Deer, roughly 25 miles N of Aberdeen] - BS
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