Duncan MacKallikin

DESCRIPTION: "Twas for a peck o' meal ... Duncan bet on his grey mare To rin 'gainst nine or ten." One horse falls. The other horses are named as they challenge and fall back. "Duncan aye kept gallopin'" and wins the bet
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1856 (broadside, Murray Mu23-y2:010)
KEYWORDS: wager racing derivative horse gambling
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan3 495, "Duncan MacKallikin" (1 text, 1 tune)
Roud #5983
Bodleian, Harding B 17(80b), "Duncan M'Callachan" ("It was for a peck o' meal or mair"), Sanderson (Edinburgh), 1830-1910
Murray, Mu23-y2:010, "Duncan M'Callochan," James Lindsay (Glasgow), 1856

cf. "There Cam a Young Man to My Daddie's Door" (tune, broadside Murray Mu23-y2:010)
cf. "Duncan M'Callipin" (subject and form)
NOTES [91 words]: Ford, re "Duncan M'Callipin" refers to this song as "a perverted version of the song ... but its coarseness damages its chance of popularity. Forbees's song ["Duncan M'Callipin"] deservedly has held the field."
Reluctantly I am following Ford, Roud, and GreigDuncan3 in considering the songs "related" rather than the same. The structure, and many lines are shared. Since Ford dates a book of Forbes's poems to 1812 it seems likely that his version is the earlier. Since the songs cannot be independent I consider this version to be derivative. - BS
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