Ride Away to Aberdeen

DESCRIPTION: The old man rides "away to Aberdeen to buy fite breid" [white bread]. When he returns he finds the old woman dead. He hits her on the ear with his club: "rise ... an' ate yer fite breid"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1914 (GreigDuncan8)
KEYWORDS: death food husband wife
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
GreigDuncan8 1690, "Ride, Horsie, Ride" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Walter Gregor, "Kilns, Mills, Millers, Mead and Bread" in Transactions of the Buchan Field Club 1892-1895 (Peterhead,n.d.), (30 Nov 1894), [Vol.III,] Bread and Games #4 pp. 157-159 (9 texts)

Roud #13034
NOTES: Gregor: "This amusement may be made for the child by the mother or nurse dandling the child on her knee in imitation o friding, or, if the child is old enough, it receives a staff or piece of stick, which it puts between its legs, and then moves about as if riding, and repeats the words itself." - BS
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