Haughies o' Indego, The
DESCRIPTION: On Halloween the Farquharsons, Frasers and Gordons gallop through the lea. Some dance under the moon. "Catherine Gordon was a bride, The laird o' Skene lay by her side." Some go to Skye, some by "Brig o' Dye" and "the laird he had to France to fly"
EARLIEST DATE: 1917 (GreigDuncan3)
KEYWORDS: sex travel dancing
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan3 620, "The Haughies o' Indego" (1 text)
NOTES: GreigDuncan3 cites different interpretations. Maybe it refers to 1645, "when contingents were gathering to the Battle of Alford." Duncan says "the verses given seem to me much more like the celebration of some kind [of] gathering for sport or merry making.... The words do not suggest the ballad style of the seventeenth century."
[And nobody mentioned the 1745 Jacobite rebellion? With someone going to Skye, and the Laird going to France? Amazing. - RBW]
GreigDuncan3 has a map on p. xxxv, of "places mentioned in songs in volume 3" showing the song number as well as place name; Indego (620) is at coordinate (h0-1,v5) on that map [roughly 28 miles W of Aberdeen]. - BS
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