Burns and His Highland Mary [Laws O34]

DESCRIPTION: (Robert) Burns meets Mary on the banks of the Ayr. Mary is returning to the Highlands to visit friends, but promises to return quickly. Both promise to be true. Mary departs, but soon falls sick and dies. Burns "ne'er did... love so fondly again."
AUTHOR: unknown (see notes)
EARLIEST DATE: before 1835 (broadside, Bodleian Firth b.26(512))
KEYWORDS: courting love death separation
1759-1796 - Life of Robert Burns
1786 - Death of Mary Campbell while on a visit to the Highlands
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber)) Canada(Mar,Newf) US(NE) Ireland
REFERENCES (12 citations):
Laws O34, "Burns and His Highland Mary"
Ford-Vagabond, pp. 112-114, "Burns and His Highland Mary" (1 text, 1 tune)
Greig #76, pp. 1-2, "Burns and His Highland Mary"; Greig "Folk-Song in Buchan," p. 19, ("In green Caledonia there ne'er were twa lovers"); Greig #9, p. 2, ("In green Caledonia there ne'er were twa lovers") (1 texts plus 2 fragments)
GreigDuncan6 1249, "Burns and His Highland Mary" (4 texts, 2 tunes)
Doerflinger, pp. 312-313, "Burns and His Highland Mary" (1 text, 1 tune)
Ord, pp. 354-355, "The Parting of Burns and Highland Mary" (1 text, 1 tune)
Tunney-SongsThunder, pp. 108-111, "The Clear, Winding Ayr" (1 text)
Creighton/Senior, p. 159-161, "Burns and His Highland Mary" (1 text)
Creighton-Maritime, pp. 88-89, "Burns and His Highland Mary" (1 text, 2 tunes)
Creighton-SNewBrunswick 56, "Burns and His Highland" (1 text, 1 tune)
Peacock, pp. 427-429, "The Banks of the Ayr" (1 text, 2 tunes)

Roud #820
Frank Knox, "Highland Mary" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
Mrs. Clara Stevens, "The Banks of the Ayr" (on PeacockCDROM) [one verse only]

Bodleian, Firth b.26(512), "Burns and Highland Mary," G. Walker (Durham), 1797-1834; also Harding B 15(37a), Harding B 11(3216), Harding B 11(496), Harding B 26(84)[some words illegible], Harding B 26(85), "Burns and Highland Mary"; 2806 c.14(5), 2806 c.14(4)[some words illegible], Johnson Ballads 3180[some words illegible], 2806 c.14(3)[some lines illegible], "Burns and His Highland Mary"
Murray, Mu23-y1:009, "Burns and Highland Mary," J. Bristow (Glasgow), 19C; also Mu23-y1:026, Mu23-y4:024, "Burns and Highland Mary"
NLScotland, RB.m.168(082), "Burns and His Highland Mary," unknown, c.1840; also APS.3.80.4, RB.m.143(030), L.C.Fol.70(10a), "Burns and His Highland Mary"

cf. "Laurel Hill" (tune)
cf. "Highland Mary" (subject)
In Green Caledonia
NOTES [34 words]: Ord lists this as being by a "police constable named Thomson," c. 1865 -- but since the song is known to have been in print by no later than 1835, this can hardly be right, at least as regards the date. - RBW
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File: LO34

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