Crook and Plaid, The
DESCRIPTION: "O, I'll no hae the laddie That drives the cart or ploo... But I will hae the laddie That has my heart betrayed, He's my bonny shepherd laddie And he wears the crook and plaid." She praises his beauty, his kindness, and his faithfulness
AUTHOR: Rev. Henry S. Riddell
EARLIEST DATE: 1843 (Whitelaw-Song; from tradition in Ford, 1899)
KEYWORDS: love shepherd
FOUND IN: Ireland Britain(Scotland)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Ford-Vagabond, pp. 58-61, "The Crook and Plaid" (1 text, 1 tune)
Greig #106, p. 2, "The Crook and Plaid" (1 text)
GreigDuncan3 455, "The Crook and Plaid" (5 texts, 5 tunes)
SHenry H617, pp. 45-46, "The Shepherd Laddie" (1 text, 1 tune)
Bodleian, Harding B 26(111), "The Crook and Plaid" ("If lasses lo'e the laddies, they surely should confess"), unknown, n.d.
Murray, Mu23-y1:039, "The Crook and Plaid," James Lindsay Jr. (Glasgow), 19C
NLScotland, L.C.Fol.70(45b), "Crook and Plaid," unknown, c.1890"
The Main-spring of Love (per broadside Murray, Mu23-y1:039)
NOTES: Greig: "There is another and older version of 'The Crook and Plaid,' but Riddell's song deserves to hold the field. Christie prints a mixed version." - BS
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