Song of Welcome, A
DESCRIPTION: "Our noble Lord's come to the North To view his bonnie lands o' Forth ... Come bid him welcome." He fought the French in Egypt "wi 'Forty-twa' .... Our hero fought at Waterloo ... And bravely did the French subdue"
EARLIEST DATE: 1908 (GreigDuncan3)
KEYWORDS: return nonballad landlord
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Greig #149, pp. 1-2, "A Song of Welcome" (1 text)
GreigDuncan3 439, "A Song of Welcome" (1 text)
Our Noble Lord's Come to the North
NOTES: Greig: "[Lord Saltoun] was grand-uncle to the present laird, and the song was made up on his home-coming after the battle of Waterloo."
GreigDuncan3: "The song as composed for Alexander George Fraser (1785-1853), sixteenth Lord Saltoun."
The references are to the Egyptian campaign (1798) and Waterloo (1815) against Napoleon. "Forty-twa" refers to the 42nd Highland Regiment, the Black Watch, which fought at Waterloo. See "The Bonnets o' Blue" and its references for more information about the Black Watch.
GreigDuncan3 has a map on p. xxxv, of "places mentioned in songs in volume 3" showing the song number as well as place name; Philorth (439) is at coordinate (h6,v0) on that map [roughly 37 miles N of Aberdeen]. - BS
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