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Burning of Auchindoon

[ Roud 4010 ; Child 183 ; Ballad Index C183 ; trad.]

The Burning of Auchindoon is a ballad aboud the vendetta between the Earl of Huntly and the Clan Macintosh in 1592.

Ewan MacColl sang The Burning o' Auchendoun in 1956 on volume 4 of The English and Scottish Popular Ballads (The Child Ballads).

Maddy Prior and June Tabor sang Burning of Auchindoon unaccompanied in 1976 on their album Silly Sisters. Tan Yows learned the song from this album and recorded it in 2012 for their CD Undipped.

Lyrics

Maddy Prior and June Tabor sing Burning of Auchindoon

As I came in by Fiddich side on a May morning,
I spied Willie Macintosh an hour before the dawning.

“Turn again, him again, turn again I bid ye.
If ye burn Auchindoon, Huntly he will head ye.”

“Head me or hang me that will never fear me.
I will burn Auchindoon ere the life leaves me.”

As I came in by Fiddich side on a May morning,
Auchindoon was in a blaze an hour before the dawning.

Crawing, crawing, for all your crowse crawing,
You've burnt your crops and tint your wings
An hour before the dawning.