Drumallachie

DESCRIPTION: "'Twas on a chill November night... I overheard a fair maid... 'My love is far frae Sinnahard And fair Drumallachie." The singer asks her of her trouble, tries to convince her to marry him, then reveals he is her long-lost lover
AUTHOR: James Hepburn (source: GreigDuncan5)
EARLIEST DATE: 1906 (GreigDuncan5)
KEYWORDS: love courting separation marriage disguise reunion
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Greig #22, pp. 1-2, "Drumallachie"; Greig #23, pp. 2-3, "Drumallachie"; Greig #25, p. 2, "Drumallachie" (1 text plus 2 fragments)
GreigDuncan5 1043, "Drumallachie" (9 texts, 4 tunes)
Ord, p. 34-37, "Drummallochie" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #2481
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "John (George) Riley (I)" [Laws N36] and references there
cf. "Fair Gallowa'" (tune, per GreigDuncan5)
cf. "High Germany (I)" (theme and likely source)
NOTES: Of the myriad Broken Token songs, this seems among the most literary, yet it seems fairly widespread in Scottish tradition. Most of the references are clearly Biblical:
"King David had a faithful friend": This is of course Saul's son Jonathan, and their love for each other is repeatedly mentioned in 1 Samuel (e.g. 18:1, 20:41).
"When Jacob saw his long-lost son": Refers to the reunion of Jacob and Joseph (Genesis 46:19f.)
Various versions also refer to a fair Queen of Scotland. In the case of Mary Stewart, this makes some sense, since she was known for her looks. One version, however, refers to Victoria. Whether this dates the song, or is just a funny error, I do not know. - RBW
GreigDuncan5 quoting Duncan: "Another statement of Robert Chree was that the song was understood to have been an older song adapted. The reference is probably to 'The Banks of Claudy' [GreigDuncan5 1036], from which the idea was very likely taken. There are also reminiscences in it of [GreigDuncan1 96] 'High Germany'." - BS
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