My Dear Highland Laddie
DESCRIPTION: The singer's lover fee'd with her father "when he row'd me in his plaidie And vow'd to be mine." Now he's left with the laird as a soldier. "The blae-berry banks Are now lonesome and dreary." She would leave everything for her Highland laddie.
EARLIEST DATE: 1805 (Millar's _Paisley Repository no III_, according to Semple _The Poems and Songs and Correspondence of Robert Tannahill_, p. 221)
KEYWORDS: love separation farming nonballad soldier
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
GreigDuncan6 1120, "My Dear Hielan' Laddie" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: Phillip A Ramsay, The Poetical Works of Robert Tannahill (London, preface 1838), pp. 30-31, "My Dear Hielan Laddie"
Bodleian, Harding B 25(1290), "My Dear Highland Laddaie [sic]" ("Blythe was the day"), unknown, no date
cf. "Mor Nian a Ghibarlan" (tune, per Ramsay)
NOTES: GreigDuncan6 is a fragment; broadside Bodleian Harding B 25(1290) is the basis for the description.
From Peter A Hall, "Farm Life and the Farm Songs," pp. xxi-xxxi in GreigDuncan3: "The time between hirings was, in the mid nineteenth century North-East, predominantly six months ['terms'] and the hiring was generally called feeing." - BS
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