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The High-Kilted MusePeter Buchan and His Secret Songs of Silence$

Murray Shoolbraid

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781604734171

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604734171.001.0001

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(p.293) Appendix 2

(p.293) Appendix 2

The High-Kilted Muse
University Press of Mississippi

The Contents of James Henry Dixon, Scottish Traditional Versions of Ancient Ballads (1845), with reference to Child ESPB

It may be noted that Dixon nowhere states that any of the ballads had been published; he does not refer to Peter Buchan’s 1828 Ancient Ballads and Songs of the North of Scotland (hereunder ABSNS), and gives the impression that his volume is the first appearance of any of the manuscripts’ contents.


Young Bondwell (p. 1), Child 53M: Young Beichan (I, 454).


Tam-a-Line, the Elfin Knicht (p. 11), Child 39G: Tam Lin (I, 335).


Lord Burnett and Little Munsgrove (p. 21), Child 81L: Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard (II, 242).


The Heir of Linne (p. 30), Child 267Ba (V, 11).

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The Jolly Harper (p. 37), Child 192E: The Lochmaben Harper (IV, 16).


The Bonny Hind Squire (p. 42), Child 47C: Proud Lady Margaret (I, 425); MS title, The Jolly Hind Squire.


The Cruel Mother (p. 46), Child 20F (I, 218); ABSNS, II, 222.


The Minister’s Dochter, o’ Newarke (p. 50), Child 20I: The Cruel Mother (I, 226); ABSNS II, 217.


The Laird o’ Drum (p. 53), Child 236Db (IV, 322a); ABSNS, II, 194.


Lord William (p. 57), Child 254C (IV, 411, B); ABSNS, Lord Lundy, II, 57.


Love Gregory (p. 60), Child 76G: Lass of Roch Royal (II, 213): ABSNS, II, 198.


The Water o’ Wearie’s Well (p. 63), Child 4B: Lady Isabel and the Elf-Knight (I, 22); ABSNS, II, 201.


The Water o’ Gamery (p. 66), Child 215F: Rare Willie Drowned in Yarrow, or, The Water o Gamrie (IV, 178, E); ABSNS, I, 245.


The Braes o’ Yarrow (p. 68), Child 214I (IV, 160); ABSNS, II, 203.


Ladye Diamond (p. 71), Child 269D (V, 29); ABSNS, II, 206.


Sir Hugh, the Graeme (p. 73), Child 191E: Hughie Grame (IV, 8).


Johnnie o’ Cocklesmuir (p. 77), Child 114H: Johnnie Cock (II, 1).

(p.294) Notes (83):

The notes are more informative than those supplied in Buchan’s volumes. In his Introduction, Dixon thanks Robert Chambers for the contribution. He includes seventeen items from Buchan, nine of which are represented in the 1828 volume, seven of which are the same version. Dixon makes a few changes, some of which are quite arbitrary.