Guise of Tyrie, The
DESCRIPTION: "O wat ye how the guise [happening] began ... at Tyrie." Lady Tyrie and the laird o' Glack plotted to instal "bobbing Andrew [Cant]." The "muirland wives" give Lady Tyrie "ill tauk," saying she and her husband will go to hell; they tear her veil.
EARLIEST DATE: 1828 (Buchan)
KEYWORDS: political religious clergy
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Greig "Folk-Song in Buchan," p. 33, ("Oh wat ye hoo the guise began") (1 fragment)
GreigDuncan3 681, "The Guise o' Tyrie" (1 fragment)
ADDITIONAL: Peter Buchan, Ancient Ballads and Songs of the North of Scotland (Edinburgh, 1875 (reprint of 1828 edition ("Digitized by Google"))), Vol I, pp. 260-261, 312-313, "The Guise of Tyrie"
William Walker, The Bards of Bon-Accord 1375-1860 (Aberdeen, 1887 ("Digitized by Google")), pp. 70-72, ("O wat ye how the guise began")
NOTES: Walker explains that the subject is the appointment of Andrew Cant by Alexander Forbes, Lord Pitsligo, to the pulpit of a new church in Pitsligo. The appointment of this "apostle of the Covenant" "was received with considerable disapprobation in the adjoining parish of Tyrie ... and out of this discontent sprang the song." Lady Fraser supported Cant "but how Elphinstone of Glack got mixed up in it, we have been been unable to explain."
Buchan says of Cant that he was "a character much celebrated in the history of the troubles of Scotland in the seventeenth century. His induction to the pastoral charge of the parish of Tyrie, of which he was the first Protestant minister, having given great offence to the rabble, one of them composed the Guise of Tyrie. Mr Cant being an avowed enemy to all, and everything that savoured of Popery ... [Buchan concludes with an example]."
For more about the Scottish Covenanters see the notes to "The Bonnie House o Airlie" [Child 199]. - BS
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