Lass of Glenshee, The [Laws O6]

DESCRIPTION: The singer woos the a Scottish shepherdess. He offers to marry and provide wealth and servants. She agrees, even though she is content with her life and herd. The singer looks back on years of happy marriage
AUTHOR: Andrew Sharpe (1805) ?
EARLIEST DATE: before 1851 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(2075)))
KEYWORDS: courting money marriage
FOUND IN: US(MA,MW,NE) Britain(Scotland(Aber)) Ireland Canada(Mar,Newf,Ont)
REFERENCES (18 citations):
Laws O6, "The Lass of Glenshee"
Ford-VagabondSongsAndBalladsOfScotland, pp. 12-15, "The Lass o' Glenshee" (1 text, 1 tune)
Greig-FolkSongInBuchan-FolkSongOfTheNorthEast "Folk-Song in Buchan," p. 20, ("Ae bonnie nicht when the heather was bloomin'")" (1 fragment)
Greig/Duncan5 953, "The Lass o' Glenshee" (8 texts, 9 tunes)
Ord-BothySongsAndBallads, pp. 75-76, "The Lass o Glenshee" (1 text, tune referenced)
Warner-TraditionalAmericanFolkSongsFromAnneAndFrankWarnerColl 4, "Lass of Glenshee" (1 text, 1 tune)
Cazden/Haufrecht/Studer-FolkSongsOfTheCatskills 28, "The Hills of Glenshee" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Gardner/Chickering-BalladsAndSongsOfSouthernMichigan 77, "The Lass of Glenshee" (1 text)
Peters-FolkSongsOutOfWisconsin, p. 167, "The Lass of Glenshee" (1 text, 1 tune)
Flanders/Brown-VermontFolkSongsAndBallads, pp. 131-132, "The Lass of Glenshie" (1 text)
Henry/Huntingdon/Herrmann-SamHenrysSongsOfThePeople H590, pp. 486-487, "The Lass of Glenshee" (1 text, 1 tune)
Creighton-FolksongsFromSouthernNewBrunswick 36, "The Rose of Glenshee" (1 text, 1 tune)
Leach-FolkBalladsSongsOfLowerLabradorCoast 31, "The Lass of Glenshee" (1 text, 1 tune)
Leach-HeritageBookOfBallads, p. 123, "The Lass of Glenshee (The Hills of Glenshee)" (1 text, 1 tune on p. 199)
Guigné-ForgottenSongsOfTheNewfoundlandOutports, pp. 174-176, "The Hills of Glenshee (The Lass of Glenshee)" (1 text, 1 tune)
Vikár/Panagapka-SongsNorthWoodsSungByOJAbbott 27, "The Lass of Glenshee" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: Kenneth Norman MacDonald, "The Gesto Collection of Highland Music," 1895 (reprinted 1997 by Llanerch Publishers), p. 105, "The Lass of Glenshee" (1 tune, presumably this)

Roud #292
O. J. Abbott, "The Lass of Glenshee" (on Abbott1)
Mrs. Mary Dunphy, "Maid of Glenshee" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
Warde Ford, "Lass of Glen Shee" (AFS 4199 A1, 1938; tr.; in AMMEM/Cowell)
"Yankee" John Galusha, "Lass of Glenshee" (on USWarnerColl01)
Mrs. T. Ghaney, "The Lass of Glenshee" (on NFMLeach)

Bodleian, Harding B 11(2075), "The Lass o' Glenshea," Stephenson (Gateshead), 1821-1850; also Harding B 17(162a), 2806 c.14(23), Harding B 11(3321), "The Lass o' Glenshea"; Harding B 25(1081)[some words illegible], "The Lass o' Glenshee"; Firth b.26(227), "The Lass of Glenshee"
NLScotland, L.C.Fol.178.A.2(120), "The Lass o' Glenshee," unknown, c. 1875

cf. "The Road and the Miles to Dundee" (tune, per Ord-BothySongsAndBallads)
Queen Victoria's Welcome to Deeside (Ord-BothySongsAndBallads, p. 337)
Crafty Wee Bony (File: GrD1151)
The Guid Coat o' Blue (File: GrD3660)
NOTES [145 words]: Ford's notes claim that "The Crookit Bawbee" is "simply a free adaption" of this piece. In music, possibly. The text -- hardly. - RBW
Leach-FolkBalladsSongsOfLowerLabradorCoast notes the difference between his text and Ord-BothySongsAndBallads's: "The present text of six quatrains tells the same story found in the Ord text of twelve quatrains. The difference is, as usual, in the repetition of details." The difference between Leach-FolkBalladsSongsOfLowerLabradorCoast and all of the broadsides is similar. The difference is more than the usual repetition of details. There are very few lines in common though the story outline is the same. This seems a rewrite by someone who once heard the original but never got the words and rebuilt the ballad out of the usual pieces. I wonder what A.B. Lord would have done with this. (No, this is not "Crookit Bawbee" either.) - BS
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