Giein' the Nowte Their Fother

DESCRIPTION: "As I rode in by yon bonnie waterside... there I spied a weel-faur'd maid, She was gien the nowte their fodder." He asks her to fancy him; she replies that she has no dowry. Next summer, he returns and asks again, and makes her a rich lady
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1876 (Christie)
KEYWORDS: courting marriage money
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Greig #72, pp. 1-2, "Giein' the Knowte Their Fother" (1 text)
GreigDuncan4 839, "Giein' the Knowte Their Fother" (6 texts, 4 tunes)
Ord, pp. 228-229, "Gien the Nowte Their Fodder" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: W. Christie, editor, Traditional Ballad Airs (Edinburgh, 1876 (downloadable pdf by University of Edinburgh, 2007)), Vol I, pp. 90-91, "The Laird of Southland's Courtship" (1 tune)

Roud #3934
NOTES: Christie's text, "improved" or not, at least shows that the ballad existed in some form as early as 1876. - BS
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File: Ord228

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