Earl of Aboyne, The [Child 235]

DESCRIPTION: The Earl goes to London, leaving his wife behind. She hears that he has been courting others. When he returns, she makes a fine show but disdains him. He prepares once again to depart, and says she may not go with him. She dies for love
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1803 (Skene ms.)
KEYWORDS: love separation death accusation infidelity rejection
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (10 citations):
Child 235, "The Earl of Aboyne" (12 texts, 1 tune)
Bronson 235, "The Earl of Aboyne" (9 versions)
BronsonSinging 235, "The Earl of Aboyne" (2 versions: #2, #7)
HarrisLyleMcAlpineMcLucas, pp. 137-138, "Earl of Aboyne" (1 text, 1 tune) {Bronson's #3}
GlenbuchatBallads, pp. 164-168, "The Earl of Aboyne" (1 text)
Greig #121, p. 1, "The Laird o' Aboyne"; Greig #123, p. 2, "The Earl o' Aboyne" (1 text plus 1 fragment)
GreigDuncan6 1159, "The Earl o' Aboyne" (8 texts plus a single verse on p. 559, 5 tunes)
Ord, pp. 464-465, "The Lord o' Aboyne" (1 text)
Leach, pp. 593-595, "The Earl of Aboyne" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Peter Buchan, Gleanings of Scarce Old Ballads (Norwood, 1974 (reprint of 1891 Aberdeen reissue of 1825 Peterhead edition)), pp. 71-73, "The Earl of Aboyne"

Roud #99
Bonny Peggy Irvine
NOTES [19 words]: This rather confused story seems to have no historical basis (at least not based on the names in the ballad). - RBW
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File: C235

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