Lass o Gowrie, The
DESCRIPTION: The singer meets and proposes to Katie, "the finest flower That ever bloom'd in Gowrie." He says he has loved her since he first saw her in school and cares for nothing else in Gowrie. She agrees to marry, the old folks consent, and now she's Lady Gowrie.
AUTHOR: William Reid (source: Bodleian comment on broadside 2806 c.14(35) and some others; but see note re Whitelaw)
EARLIEST DATE: 1826 (Lyle-Crawfurd1)
KEYWORDS: courting love wedding nobility
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber,Bord))
REFERENCES (5 citations):
GreigDuncan5 954, "The Lass o Gowrie," GreigDuncan8 Addenda, "Lass o Gowrie" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lyle-Crawfurd1 29, "The Hills o' Gowrie" (1 fragment)
Whitelaw-Song, p. 535, "The Lass o' Gowrie" (1 text)
WolfAmericanSongSheets, #1221, p. 84, "The Lass of Gowrie" (1 reference)
ADDITIONAL: The Illustrated Book of Scottish Songs from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Century, (London, 1854 ("Digitized by Google")), pp. 145-146, "The Lass o' Gowrie"
Bodleian, Firth b.26(462), "The Lass o' Gowrie" ("'Twas on a simmer's afternoon"), Walker (Durham), 1797-1834; also 2806 c.14(35), Harding B 11(2287), Harding B 11(2074), 2806 c.14(170), Harding B 25(1080), 2806 c.14(196) View 5 of 5, "[The] Lass O' Gowrie"
LOCSinging, as202060, "The Lass of Gowrie" ("'Twas on a simmer's afternoon"), H. De Marsan (New York), 1864-1878; also sb20265a, "The Lass of Gowrie"
NLScotland, L.C.Fol.178.A.2(110), "The Lass o' Gowrie" ("'Twas on a summer's afternoon"), unknown, c.1875
NOTES: Gowrie is an area immediately north of Perth City (source: Perthshire Scotland site).
Whitelaw marks his copy as "[Modern Version]"; his five verse version is, excluding some spelling and capitalization differences, the same as broadside Bodleain 2806 c.14(35) and GreigDuncan5. These texts include a verse in which Kate hesitates, recalling that Nell was won by "Daft Will" and has dropped out of sight.
The Illustrated Book of Scottish Songs ...: "Founded upon an older ballad, by William Reid of Glasgow, entitled 'Kate o' Gowrie.'"
Broadside NLScotland L.C.Fol.178.A.2(110) appears to be a duplicate of a cut from Bodleian 2806 c.14(170), unknown, no date.
Broadside LOCSinging as202060: H. De Marsan dating per Studying Nineteenth-Century Popular Song by Paul Charosh in American Music, Winter 1997, Vol 15.4, Table 1, available at FindArticles site. - BS
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