My Native Highland Home

DESCRIPTION: Scotland's winters are harsh but "colder far's the Scotsmans heart" not warmed by the words "My native Highland home." The singer asks his sweetheart to go with him to live in Scotland; he describes the pleasures of Scotland's summer.
AUTHOR: Thomas Morton (source: Morton)
EARLIEST DATE: 1816 (Thomas Morton, _The Slave_, according to John S Dwight, _Dwight's Journal of Music: A Paper of Art and Literature, (Boston, 1877 ("Digitized by Google")), Vol. XXXV, p. 316)
KEYWORDS: courting home travel Scotland nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (5 citations):
GreigDuncan8 1892, "My Native Highland Home" (1 text)
Huntington-Gam, pp. 265-266, "My Highland Home" (1 text, 1 tune)
WolfAmericanSongSheets, #1511, p. 103, "My Highland Home" (2 references)
ADDITIONAL: Thomas Morton, The Slave; a Musical Drama, in Three Acts, (London, 1818 ("Digitized by Google")), Act I, Sc. i, p. 14, ("My Highland home, where tempests blow")
The Universal Songster or Museum of Mirth (London, 1834 ("Digitized by Google")), Vol I, p. 439, "My Native Highland Home"

Roud #13215
Bodleian, 2806 c.17(292), "My Native Highland Home" ("My Highland home, where tempests blow"), W. Armstrong (Liverpool), 1820-1824; also Firth b.26(103), Harding B 12(64), Harding B 17(207a)[3 verses instead of 2], "My Native Highland Home"; Johnson Ballads fol. 20, Harding B 11(342), Harding B 15(215a), "Native Highland Home"; Harding B 19(30) [some words illegible], Firth c.26(101) [some words illegible], Harding B 15(211b), Harding B 11(3761), "My Highland Home"; Johnson Ballads 1330, 2806 c.14(37), 2806 c.17(166), 2806 c.17(165), Harding B 17(128a)[6 verses instead of 2], Harding B 11(1538), "Highland Home"
LOCSinging, sb30301b, "My Highland Home" ("My Highland home, where tempests blow"), H. De Marsan (New York), 1861-1864; also sb20167a, as202540, "My Highland Home"
Murray, Mu23-y1:026, "My Native Highland Home," James Lindsay (Glasgow), 19C

NOTES [136 words]: Two of the Bodleian broadsides add to Morton's lines.
Harding B 17(207a)[, "My Native Highland Home" ("My highland home where tempest blow"), J. Wheeler (Manchester), 1827-1847] adds a final verse: "When Charley brave, our scottish king, In the highlands braw was bred, With honor to his country To valiantly he bled, We fought the French at Waterloo, When the thistle on each brow did bloom My cottage maid I sigh in vain, And my sweet highland home."
Harding B 17(128a)["Highland Home" ("My Highland home, where tempest blows"), W. Carse (Glasgow), c.1825] has it that the singer would have Mary accompany him: "My Highland Home, and Mary's love, Is bliss enough for me." He continues with further description of the pleasant spring and summer. "E'en shall thy artless smile dispel The winter's sullen gloom." - BS
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