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Bothy Songs and Ballads

Jphn Ord: Bothy Songs and Ballads

John Ord (editor)
Bothy Songs and Ballads of Aberdeen, Banff & Moray, Angus and the Mearns
Paisley: Alexander Gardner, 1930
Edinburgh: John Donald Publishers, The Scottish Reprint Library, 1995
ISBN 0 85976 001 4

The Songs

The songs are referenced by page numbers.

Part I.

(a) Songs Relating to Love, Courtship, Marriage, and Domestic Life

  1. The Banks o' Deveron Water (Roud 3784; G/D 4:867)
  2. The Rigs o' Rye (Roud 985; Laws O11; G/D 5:1054)
  3. Ythanside (Roud 3783; G/D 5:951)
  4. Drummalochie (Roud 2481; G/D 5:1043)
  5. Courting Among the Kye (Roud 3785; G/D 5:878)
  6. O Gin That I Were Mairrit (Roud 3786)
  7. The Collier Laddie (Roud 3787; G/D 5:991)
  8. Love's Adieu (Roud 3788)
  9. I'll Ne'er Forget the Parting (Roud 262; Laws P1; G/D 5:1059; Henry H188)
  10. The Hedger (Roud 19; G/D 3:437; Henry H622, 117; TYG 37)
  11. Oor Dochter Jean (Roud 3789)
  12. Blythe Mormond Braes (Roud 4598; G/D 4:712)
  13. I'm a Workin' Chap (Roud 5591; G/D 3:656)
  14. My Name Is Donald Blue (Roud 3799; G/D 3:581; Henry H835b)
  15. Tak It, Man, Tak It (Roud 5590)
  16. I'll Hang My Harp (Roud 1444; G/D 6:1203; Henry H155)
  17. I Am Gaun to the Garret (Roud 818; G/D 7:1381)
  18. Cathie and Me (Roud 5570)
  19. Mormond Braes (Roud 2171; G/D 6:1142)
  20. The Merchant's Daughter Turned Sailor (Roud 552; Laws N10; G/D 1:177)
  21. Donald's Return to Glencoe (Roud 515; Laws N39; G/D 5:1044; Henry H655)
  22. 'Neath the Gloamin' Star at E'en (Roud 5569; G/D 4:880)
  23. Rural Courtship (Roud 5568; G/D 3:375)
  24. The Star of Banchory's Land (Roud 5567)
  25. Half-Past Ten (Roud 2856; G/D 7:1501)
  26. The Bonnie Lassie's Answer Was Aye “Oh, No” (Roud 3326; G/D 1:98)
  27. The Lass o' Glenshee (Roud 292; Laws O6; G/D 5:953; Henry H590)
  28. The Bleacher Lassie o' Kelvinhaugh (Roud 3325; G/D 5:1041)
  29. To Pad the Road Wi' Me (Roud 4599; G/D 4:875; Henry H18a)
  30. Forglen You Know (Roud 6286; G/D 8:1547)
  31. The Bonnie Lad That Handles the Plough (Roud 2170; G/D 3:449)
  32. The Feeing Time (Roud 2516; G/D 4:883)
  33. The Tardy Wooer (Roud 582; Laws P3; G/D 4:895)
  34. Alford Vale (Roud 3954)
  35. The Constant Lover (Roud 5564)
  36. Bonnie Lassie, Come to the North Hielands (Roud 5565; G/D 4:853)
  37. Boyndlie's Braes (Roud 5585; G/D 4:718)
  38. Hearken, Ladies, and I Will Tell You, or, the Constant Lovers (Roud 22568; G/D 4:783)
  39. The Teem Wa's (Roud 3859; G/D 7:1394)
  40. Rosey Anderson (Roud 2169; G/D 7:1462)
  41. Johnny Sands (Roud 184; Laws Q3; G/D 2:319)
  42. The Gairdner and the Ploughman (Roud 339)
  43. Blow the Candle Out (Roud 368; Laws P17; G/D 4:788)
  44. The Wind Blew the Bonnie Lass's Plaidie Awa (Roud 2574; G/D 7:1413)
  45. Kissin' in the Dark (Roud 2534; G/D 4:915)
  46. The Bonnie Wee Window (Roud 989; Laws O18; G/D 7:1512)
  47. Johnnie's Got His Jean, O (Roud 5069, 5539; G/D 4:802)
  48. The Gallant Shoemaker (Roud 1427; G/D 3:480)
  49. There Cam' a Laddie Frae the North (Roud 3951; G/D 5:975)
  50. Wi' His Apron On (Roud 5969; G/D 4:866)
  51. Erin's Lovely Home (Roud 1427; Laws M6; G/D 6:1098; Henry H46)
  52. The Bonnie Mason Laddie (Roud 5540; G/D 3:464)
  53. Jamie and Jeanie—A Duet (Roud 3952; G/D 8:848)
  54. Peggy in the Morning (Roud 5541; G/D 5:1002)
  55. The Green Woods o' Airlie (Roud 3324; G/D 4:846)
  56. My Bonnie Laddie's Lang, Long O' Growing (Roud 31; Laws O35; G/D 6:1222)
  57. The Bonnie Parks o' Kilty (Roud 3861; G/D 7:1487)
  58. Bogie's Braes (Roud 5542)
  59. Sally Munro (Roud 526; Laws K11; G/D 1:23; Henry H571)
  60. Jean and Caledonia (Roud 3801; G/D 8:1522)
  61. Caledonia (Roud 5543; G/D 2:227; Henry H162)
  62. Sweet Tayside (Roud 5544; G/D 4:882)
  63. Davie and His Kye Thegither (Roud 5545; G/D 7:1281)
  64. Bonnie Glasgow Green (Roud 6262; G/D 6:1130)
  65. Nellie Douglas (Roud 5547)
  66. The Old Rustic Bridge by the Mill (Roud 3792; G/D 6:1254)
  67. The Braes o' Strathblane (Roud 1096; G/D 6:1132)
  68. The Gauger (Roud 2343; G/D 5:1015)
  69. American Stranger (Roud 1081; G/D 7:1469)
  70. As I Cam' Owre Yon High, High Hill (Roud 1649; G/D 5:964)
  71. The Banks of Claudy (Roud 266; Laws N40; G/D 5:1036; Henry H5, H693)
  72. Irish Molly, O (Roud 2168; G/D 6:1088)
  73. The Unconstant Lover (Roud 567; Laws P31; G/D 6:1199; Henry H60ab)
  74. Pitcaithly's Wells (Roud 5549; G/D 4:925)
  75. The Maid of Don (Roud 5550)
  76. Oh! No, No (Roud 832; G/D 5:1053)
  77. The Wee Totum (Roud 5551; G/D 5:1072)
  78. Bundle and Go (Roud 3929) (version a)
  79. Bundle and Go (Roud 3330; G/D 4:888) (version a)
  80. The Pedlar (Roud 5552; G/D 2:280)
  81. Peggy o' Greenlaw (Roud 3949)
  82. The Foundling Baby (Roud 377; G/D 2:307)
  83. This Is the Nicht My Johnnie Set (Roud 5553; G/D 4:795)
  84. Green Bushes (Roud 1040; Laws P2; Henry H143)
  85. Mither, I Maun Hae a Man (Roud 5554; G/D 7:1333)
  86. Oh But I'm Weary (Roud 5555; G/D 7:1332)
  87. The Bad Wife (Roud 5556; G/D 7:1285; Henry H145)
  88. The Road to Dundee (Roud 2300; G/D 5:971)
  89. The Washing Day (Roud 3747)
  90. A Guid, Guid Wife (Roud 5557)
  91. The Mantle So Green (Roud 714; Laws N38; G/D 5:1033; Henry H76)
  92. The Back o' Rarey's Hill (Roud 6847; G/D 6:1133)
  93. The Butcher and the Chambermaid (Roud 167; G/D 7:1466)
  94. When You and I Were Young (Roud 3782)
  95. The Handsome Cabin Boy (Roud 239; Laws N13; G/D 1:181)
  96. Low Down in the Broom (Roud 1644)
  97. My Bonnie Irish Boy (Roud 565; Laws P26; G/D 6:1080; Henry H168)
  98. The Dawning of the Day (Roud 370; Laws P16; G/D 7:1312)
  99. I'm to Be Marrit in May (Roud 5559)
  100. The Mill, Mill, O (Roud 8486; G/D 7:1437)
  101. The King of the Fairies (Nursery Song) (Roud 5561)
  102. Cradle Lullabye (Roud 5562)
  103. Johnny Lad (Roud 2587; G/D 4:755)

(b) Songs of the Forsaken and Jilted

  1. Seven Years O'er Young (Roud 380; G/D 6:1187)
  2. On Longside Road (Roud 5583; G/D 6:1143)
  3. Oh, Ye've Been False; or The Curse (Roud 5584)
  4. The Fause Young Man (Roud 419)
  5. It Wasna My Fortune to Ger Her (Roud 154; G/D 6:1198)
  6. The Rambling Beauty (Roud 563; Laws P12; G/D 6:1213)
  7. I'll Cheer Up My Heart (Roud 5563)
  8. The Brewer Lad (Roud 867; G/D 4:916)
  9. The Days Are Awa That I Hae Seen (Roud 5530; G/D 6:1136)
  10. When Fortune Turns Her Wheel (Roud 3798; G/D 3:667)
  11. Go and Leave Me If You Wish It (Roud 459; G/D 6:1145)
  12. Green Grows the Laurel (Roud 279; G/D 6:1138; Henry H165ab, H624)
  13. False Mallie (Roud 5529; G/D 6:1202)
  14. The Bonnie Woods o' Hatton (Roud 5531)
  15. Blooming Caroline o' Edinburgh Town (Roud 398; Laws P27; G/D 6:1151; Henry H148)
  16. The Rose and the Thyme (Roud 858; G/D 1:52, 6:1139)
  17. The Flower of France and England, O (Roud 5532; G/D 4:719)
  18. The Blaeberry Courtship (Roud 1888; G/D 4:852; Henry H193)
  19. The Flower of Northumberland (Roud 25; Child 9; G/D 6:1149)
  20. The Haughs o' Newe (Roud 6781; G/D 6:1238)
  21. The Belt wi' Colours Three (Roud 5534)
  22. The Beauty of Garmouth (Roud 5535)
  23. For A' That and A' That (Roud 5536)
  24. The Duke of Argyle's Courtship (Roud 5797)
  25. My Mither She Feed Me When I Was O'er Young (Roud 3796)
  26. The Banks of Inverurie (Roud 1415; G/D 6:1263)
  27. The Shannon Side (Roud 1453)
  28. It's Braw Sailin' on the Sea (Roud 5537; G/D 6:1217)
  29. The Flower of Fochabers (Roud 5538)
  30. Geordie Asking Miss Tiptoe in Marriage (Roud 5067; G/D 4:827)

Part II.

Songs Relating to Farm Life and Work

  1. Drumdelgie (Roud 2180; G/D 3:384)
  2. The Weary Farmers (Roud 2181; G/D 3:391)
  3. The Scranky Black Farmer (Roud 2872; G/D 3:357)
  4. The Barnyards o' Delgaty (Roud 2136; G/D 3:347)
  5. Oh Charlie O Charlie (Roud 2584; G/D 3:401)
  6. The Ploughman (Roud 5582; G/D 3:451)
  7. Barley Rigs A-Raking (Roud 1024; G/D 6:1154)
  8. Swaggers (Roud 4589; G/D 3:386)
  9. The Painful Plough (Roud 355; G/D 3:448)
  10. The Plooman Laddie (Roud 3447; G/D 3:445)
  11. Sleepyto2n (Roud 3775; G/D 3:356)
  12. Courtin' in the Stable (Roud 3793; G/D 2:288)
  13. Gien the Nowte Their Fodder (Roud 3934; G/D 4:839)
  14. John Bruce o' the Corner (SA 1953/194 (B3); Roud 3937; G/D 3:372)
  15. The Barns o' Beneuchies (Roud 2176; G/D 3:360)
  16. Broomhill's Bonnie Dochter (Roud 2175; G/D 4:723)
  17. The Jolly Ploughboy (Roud 186; Laws M24; G/D 1:170; Henry H105)
  18. The Dying Ploughboy (Roud 2514; G/D 3:700)
  19. The Guise o' Tough (Roud 3800; G/D 3:378)
  20. Little Benton (Roud 5580)
  21. The Ploughing Match (Roud 5581; G/D 3:422)
  22. The Praise of Ploughmen (Roud 5579; G/D 3:447)
  23. The Milking Song (Roud 3939)
  24. The Quern-Lilt, or, Grinding Song (Roud 3938)
  25. Auld Luckie of Brunties (Roud 5577; G/D 3:373)
  26. Mrs. Greig of Sandlaw (Roud 5161; G/D 2:316)
  27. Mill of Boyndie (Roud 5576; G/D 3:441)
  28. Arlin's Fine Braes (Roud 517; G/D 3:415)
  29. Sowens for Sap at Oor New Tap (Roud 5575; G/D 3:400)
  30. The Woods of Rickarton (Roud 5574; G/D 3:417)
  31. The Braes o' Broo (Roud 5572; G/D 3:443)
  32. The Mill o' Lour (Roud 5573)
  33. Harrowing Time (Roud 5587; G/D 3:421)
  34. Newmill (Roud 5588; G/D 3:381)
  35. Between Stanehive and Laurencekirk (Roud 5589; G/D 3:376)
  36. Cameloun (Roud 5592; G/D 3:389)
  37. Ellon Fair (Roud 2166; G/D 3:353)
  38. The Hairst (Roud 2167)
  39. The Lothian Hairst (Roud 2165; G/D 3:404)
  40. Johnnie Sangster (Roud 2164; G/D 3:407)
  41. The Gallant Shearers (Roud 5593)
  42. The Bogend Hairst (Roud 3090; G/D 3:348)
  43. The Band o' Shearers (Roud 1524; G/D 3:406)
  44. The Herdie (Roud 5594; G/D 3:429)
  45. The Hairst o' Rettie (Roud 3512; G/D 3:408)
  46. The Harvest Home (Roud 5595; G/D 3:632)
  47. Herd Laddie's Lament (Roud 5596)
  48. The Braw Servant Lasses (Roud 5595; G/D 3:654)
  49. Darrahill (Roud 3941; G/D 3:351)
  50. Jock Hawk's Adventures in Glasgow (Roud 2331; G/D 2:295)
  51. When the Day's on the Turn (Roud 5598; G/D 3:545)
  52. Ye're Noo on Bogieside (Roud 5600; G/D 3:359)
  53. Watty's Wooing (Roud 5601)
  54. Tipperty's Jean (Roud 5602)
  55. Lescraigie (Roud 3940; G/D 7:1490)

Part III.

Songs Relating to Soldiers, Sailors, War, and Adventure

  1. The Gallant Ninety-Twa (Roud 3776)
  2. The Battle of Barossa (Roud 2182; G/D 1:148)
  3. The Muir of Culloden (Roud 3777; G/D 1:127)
  4. Young Jamie Foyers (Roud 1941; G/D 1:106)
  5. The Bonnet o' Blue (Roud 819; G/D 5:992; Henry H644; TYG 80)
  6. The Highland Maid (Roud 2183; G/D 1:130)
  7. The Banks o' the Nile (Roud 950; Laws N9; G/D 1:99; Henry H238a)
  8. The Plains of Waterloo (Roud 1106; Henry H608)
  9. The Bonny Bunch of Roses (Roud 664; Laws J5; G/D 1:155)
  10. The Day of Waterloo (Roud 2184)
  11. The Bonnie Lass o' Fyvie (Roud 545; G/D 1:84)
  12. The Enniskillen Dragoon (Roud 2185; Henry H98b)
  13. The Recruiting Sergeant (Roud 2355; G/D 1:78)
  14. It Fell About the Martinmas Time (Roud 2173; G/D 1:161)
  15. Sweet Calder Burn, or, Bonnie Woodha' (Roud 3778; G/D 5:947; Henry H476)
  16. The Soldier Maid (Roud 226; G/D 1:182; Henry H497)
  17. The Araby Maid (Roud 6725; G/D 5:1007)
  18. The Bonny Ship the Diamond (Roud 2172; G/D 1:11)
  19. Nairn River Banks (Roud 3780; G/D 1:92)
  20. Billy Taylor (Roud 158; Laws N11; G/D 1:169; Henry H231, H757)
  21. The Whalers' Song (Roud 970; G/D 1:10)
  22. I Will Set My Ship In Order (Roud 402; G/D 4:792)
  23. Young Allan (Roud 242; Child 245; G/D 2:326)
  24. The Dark-Eyed Sailor (Roud 265; Laws N35; G/D 5:1037; Henry H232)
  25. Jacky Tar (Roud 5603; G/D 1:59)
  26. Dicky Johnston, or, The Roving Sailor (Roud 518; G/D 7:1477)
  27. The Brisk Young Sailor (Roud 264; Laws N42; G/D 5:1038, 6:1201; Henry H471, H818)
  28. My Bonnie Sailor Boy (Roud 843; Laws M22)
  29. The Lowlands of Holland (Roud 484; G/D 6:1116; Henry H180) (Scottish version)
  30. The Lowlands of Holland (Roud 484; G/D 6:1116; Henry H180) (English version)
  31. The Rocks o' Gibraltar (Roud 2174; G/D 6:1118)
  32. Scarboroughs's Banks (Roud 185; Laws K18; G/D 1:20, TYG 7)
  33. The Mermaid (Roud 124; Child 289; G/D 1:27)

Part IV.

(a) Songs of Home and Country

  1. Queen Victoria's Welcome to Deeside (Roud 5605; G/D 1:139)
  2. In Praise o' Huntly (Roud 3943; G/D 3:349)
  3. The Howes o' King-Edward (Roud 3942)
  4. Bonnie Udny (Roud 3450; G/D 6:1089)
  5. The High Rocks o' Pennan (Roud 3944; G/D 6:1121)
  6. Bonnie Jeanie Shaw (Roud 3945; G/D 7:1326)
  7. The Town o' Arbroath (Roud 3946; G/D 3:520)
  8. Kelvin's Purling Stream (Roud 3947)

(b) Laments, Farewells, and Parting Songs

  1. Oh! Gin I Were Where Gaudie Rins (Roud 5404, G/D 6:1223)
  2. Farewell to Alvah's Woods and Braes (Roud 4590; G/D 8:1526)
  3. The Emigrant's Farewell to Donside (Roud 1801; G/D 8:1516)
  4. The Irish Emigrant's Lament (Roud 2747; Henry H235)
  5. Tochineal (Roud 4951)
  6. The Parting of Burns and Highland Mary (Roud 820; Laws O34; G/D 6:1249)
  7. Last Parting of Burns and Bonnie Jean (Roud 5606)
  8. Jamie Raeburn's Farewell (Roud 600; G/D 8:1535; Henry H151)
  9. Miss Forbes' Farewell to Banff (Roud 5607)
  10. The Wars o' Germanie (Roud 5608)
  11. In Low Germanie (Roud 5609)
  12. The Nabob (Roud 4592; G/D 3:538)
  13. Adieu to Bogie Side (Roud 4593; G/D 8:1517)
  14. We Part, My Love, to Meet Nae Mair (Roud 4595)
  15. The Trumpet Sounds at Burreldales, or, The Trooper and the Maid (Roud 4596)
  16. Farewell Tamintoul (Roud 4594)
  17. The Exiled Crofter's Lament (Roud 4597)

(c) Convival Songs

  1. O Johnnie, My Man (Roud 845; G/D 3:587; Henry H807)
  2. There's Whisky in the Jar (Roud 533; Laws L13A; Henry H792)
  3. A Wee Drappie O't (Roud 5610; G/D 3:560)
  4. Sae Will We Yet (Roud 5611; G/D 3:552)
  5. The Calton Weaver (Roud 883; G/D 3:603; Henry H745)
  6. Guid Nicht an' Joy Be Wi' You A' (Roud 3936; G/D 8:1530)
  7. The Beggar Man (Roud 119; Child 280; G/D 2:277; Henry H810)

Part V.

(a) Miscellaneous Songs

  1. To the Beggin' I Will Go (Roud 286; G/D 3:488)
  2. The Beggar's Dawtie (Roud 119; Child 280; G/D 2:277; Henry H810)
  3. The Poachers (Roud 519; Laws L18; G/D 2:252)
  4. Ilka Blade o' Grass Keps Its Ain Drap o' Dew (Roud 5612)
  5. The Smuggler's Song (Roud 3795)
  6. Erin-Go-Bragh (Roud 1627; Laws Q20; G/D 2:236)
  7. A Shilling or Twa (Roud 1627; G/D 3:669) (version a)
  8. A Shillin' or Twa (Roud 2178) (version b)
  9. Miss Gordon o' Gight (Roud 3891)
  10. The Wark o' the Weavers (Roud 374)
  11. The Knights of Malta (Roud 2430; G/D 3:470; Henry H146)
  12. The Lion's Den (Roud 396; Laws O25; G/D 5:1056; Henry H474)
  13. The Banks o' Skene (Roud 5613; G/D 1:164)
  14. I Wish My Granny Saw Ye (Roud 5614)
  15. The Sports o' Glasgow Green (Roud 5615)
  16. Ellen of Aberdeen (Roud 2179; G/D 6:1235)
  17. Danny Sim's Sow (Roud 5616)

(b) Ballads

  1. The Douglas Tragedy (Roud 23; Child 7; G/D 2:220)
  2. The Banks of Sweet Dundee (Roud 148; Laws M25; G/D 2:224)
  3. Gight's Ladye (Roud 90; Child 209; G/D 2:249)
  4. The Gypsie Laddie (Roud 1; Child 200; G/D 2:278; Henry H124)
  5. Bonnie Jean o' Betheline (Roud 101; Child 238; G/D 5:973)
  6. The Laird o' Roslin's Daughter; or Captain Wedderburn's Courtship (Roud 36; Child 46; G/D 4:842; Henry H681)
  7. To Roll Her in My Plaidie (Roud 3948)
  8. The Sheffield Apprentice (Roud 399; Laws O39; G/D 5:998; Henry H31; TYG 71)
  9. Sir John Gordon (Roud 5617)
  10. The Dowie Dens o' Yarrow (Roud 13; Child 214; G/D 2:215)
  11. Harry Lumsdale's Courtship (Roud 6186; G/D 4:766)
  12. The Bonnie Mill-Dams o' Binnorie (Roud 8; Child 10; G/D 2:213)
  13. My Lovely Nancy (Roud 375; G/D 5:962)
  14. The Maiden of Drumdurno (Roud -)
  15. Cairn-o'-Mount (Roud 3794; G/D 5:1042)
  16. The Lass o’ Bennochie (Roud 406; Laws M13; G/D 5:1012) (version a)
  17. The Lass o’ Bennochie (Roud 406; Laws M13; G/D 5:1012) (version b)
  18. The Lass o’ Bennochie (Roud 406; Laws M13; G/D 5:1012) (version c)
  19. The Gallant Grahams (Roud 5618; G/D 2:245)
  20. M'Pherson's Farewell (Roud 2160; G/D 3:697)
  21. MacPherson's Rant (Roud 2160)
  22. The Loch o' the Auds (Roud 5619)
  23. Jock Scott (Roud 5620; G/D 6:1096)
  24. The Lowlands Low (Roud 122; Child 286; G/D 1:37)
  25. Charlie Mackie (Roud 5621; G/D 5:1032)
  26. Willie's Drowned at Gamerie (Roud 206; Child 215; G/D 6:1227)
  27. My Geordie, O, My Geordie O (Roud 5622, 90; Child 209; G/D 2:249)
  28. The Queen's Maries (Roud 79; Child 173; G/D 2:195)
  29. Lord Randal (Roud 10; Child 12; G/D 2:209; Henry H814)
  30. Hey Wi' the Rose and the Lindsay, O (Roud 9; Child 20; G/D 2:193; TYG 73)
  31. Geordie Downie (Roud 3930; G/D 7:1349)
  32. The Runaway Bride (Roud 2876)
  33. The Lord o' Aboyne (Roud 99; Child 235; G/D 6:1159)
  34. The Shepherd Lad o' Rhynie (Roud 5152; G/D 6:1194)
  35. Johnny o' Cocklesmuir (Roud 69; Child 114; G/D 2:250)
  36. The Bonny House o' Airlie (Roud 794; Child 199; G/D 2:233)
  37. Janet Jamieson (Roud 5623; G/D 6:1152)
  38. The Silvery Tide (Roud 561; Laws O37; Henry H77)
  39. Harlaw (Roud 2861; Child 163; G/D 1:112)
  40. Barbara Allen (Roud 54; Child 84; G/D 6:1193; Henry H236)
  41. The Longford Murderer (Roud 1412; Laws P38; G/D 2:204)
  42. The Hireman Chiel (Roud 5624; G/D 5:1055)