Mason Laddie, The
DESCRIPTION: "Leaning oer a window ...I spied a mason laddie who gave my heart a wound." She compares masons to ministers, millers, ploughmen, cobblers, weavers, and smiths, and prefers "my bonnie mason laddie" to each.
EARLIEST DATE: 1843 (Whitelaw-Song)
KEYWORDS: love work nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Greig #40, pp. 1-2, "The Bonnie Mason Laddie" (1 fragment)
GreigDuncan3 465, "The Mason Laddie" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
Whitelaw-Song, p. 119, "The Mason Laddie"
cf. "Johnny Lad" (tune, per GreigDuncan3)
cf. "Sandy Ower the Lea" (tune, per Whitelaw)
cf. "The Masons" (subject: praise of masons)
cf. "The Bonnie Mason Laddie" (subject: praise of masons)
NOTES: Greig's text fragment is the first and last verses from Whitelaw's Book of Scottish Song. - BS
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