Lord Fife

DESCRIPTION: The singer praises Lord Fife: "every acre he does possess It's called the happy land." When tenants see hard times "Go home, he says, possess your place, I'll pay the rent mysel'." He toasts Lord Fife and "those who does not say Amen, Ashamed let them be"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1910 (GreigDuncan3)
KEYWORDS: virtue farming nonballad landlord
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Greig #147, p. 1, "Lord Fife"; Greig #160, p. 2, "Lord Fife" (1 text plus 1 fragment)
GreigDuncan3 438, "Lord Fife" (2 texts, 1 tune)

Roud #5952
NOTES [73 words]: Greig #149, p. 1: "Referring to 'Lord Fife,' ... Miss Bell Robertson is able to tell us that the peer alluded to was the Good Earl James, the grand-uncle of the Duke [GreigDuncan3: "Alexander William George (1849-1912), first Duke of Fife"] -- an ideal landlord and idolized by his tenants. This information is also given by Mr John Mowat ...."
GreigDuncan3: "This song concerns James, fourth Earl of Fife, who lived from 1776 to 1857." - BS
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