DESCRIPTION: Squire Melville seduces poor Annie Gray. When he hears she has a son he appoints the wedding day but fails to appear. Annie drowns herself and son in the Clyde. Her father dies after the burial and is buried with his daughter and grandson.
EARLIEST DATE: 1952 (Willie Mathieson, Tobar an Dualchais); before 1911 (broadside Bodleian Bod24031 Harding B 17(159a))
KEYWORDS: grief seduction wedding burial childbirth death drowning mourning pregnancy suicide river baby father lover
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber)) Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Guigne, pp. 22-24, "Anna Gray" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: Willie Mathieson, "Annie Gray," School of Scottish Studies Archive SA1952.017,Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches accessed 16 January 2017 from http://www.tobarandualchais.co.uk/en/fullrecord/20824/2
Annie Walters, "Anna Gray" (on NFAGuigne01)
Bodleian, Bod24031 Harding B 17(159a), "Lament for Annie Gray" ("All you young lovers, I pray draw near"), Sanderson (Edinburgh), 1830-1910
NOTES: Guigne also includes verses from broadside Bodleian, Bod11518 Harding B 11(1171), "The Fatal Disappointment" ("Fair Annie Gray was the pride of the west"), J. Pannell (Liverpool), no date, a different song on the same subject. - BS
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