Laird o Cockpen, The
DESCRIPTION: "The Laird o Cockpen, he's proud and he's great... He wanted a wife his braw hoose tae keep...." He comes to court the noble but poor Jean, who at first turns him down, but then thinks of his wealth and chooses to wed him
AUTHOR: Adapted by Lady Nairn?
EARLIEST DATE: 1821
KEYWORDS: courting marriage money nobility
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Logan, pp. 355-359, "The Laird of Cockpen" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Charles W. Eliot, editor, English Poetry Vol II From Collins to Fitzgerald (New York, 1910), #333, pp. 563-564, "The Laird o' Cockpen" (by Carolina Oliphant, Lady Nairne)
Alfred M. Williams, _Studies in Folk-Song and Popular Poetry_, Houghton Mifflin, 1894, pp. 116-117, "The Laird of Cockpen" (1 text)
ST Log355 (Full)
cf. "The Squire and the Gipsy" (theme)
Tipperty's Jean (Ord, pp. 283-284)
Parody on Laird o' Cockpen (Broadside NLScotland L.C.Fol.178.A.2(103), "Parody on Laird o' Cockpen" ("The Laird o Cockpen he's puir and he's duddy"), unknown, c. 1875)
New Year (Broadside NLScotland L.C.Fol.178.A.2(104), "The New Year" ("And now we're to enter another New Year, When little is thought on but whiskey and beer"), unknown, c. 1875)
The Laird of D--mm-- (broadside NLScotland, ABS.10.203.01(102), "The Laird of D--mm--e," unknown, c. 1835)
"Incompetence of Politicians" (Broadside NLScotland L.C.Fol.70(6a), [no title] ("Oh! hae ye heard o' an unprincipled squad"), unknown, n.d.)
NOTES [53 words]: According to Alfred M. Williams, Studies in Folk-Song and Popular Poetry, Houghton Mifflin, 1894, p. 115-116, Lady Nairne wrote this, "it is said, to supply propern words to the gay old air of When She cam be, She bobbit, which being interpreted, means that when she came into the front of the house, she curtsied."
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