I'll Owre Bogie
DESCRIPTION: The singer says she'll follow her love over Bogie, or anywhere. For example, "As I came by Strathbogie yetts Strathboggie's trees were green There I heard the drums to beat I'll owre Boggie wi' him"
EARLIEST DATE: 1914 (GreigDuncan4)
KEYWORDS: love travel nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan4 869, "I'll Owre Bogie" (2 texts)
NOTES: The Bogie is a tributary of the Deveron River in Aberdeenshire. - BS
From The Illustrated Book of Scottish Songs from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Century, (London, 1854 ("Digitized by Google")), p. 40: "To go 'ower Bogie' is a phrase that expresses in Scotland the same idea as that of running to Gretna Green in England. It is also used to express a marriage performed by a magistrate instead of a clergyman." [Re Gretna Green -- "a small village on the west coast in the south of Scotland": "Its main claim to fame are the Blacksmith's Shops, where many runaway marriages were performed. These began in 1753 when an Act of Parliament, Lord Hardwicke's Marriage Act, was passed in England, which stated that if both parties to a marriage were not at least 21 years old, then consent to the marriage had to be given by the parents. This Act did not apply in Scotland where it was possible for boys to get married at 14 and girls at 12 years old with or without parental consent." (Source: Wikipedia article Gretna Green )] - BS
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