4125Re: Aiken Redux
- Jul 16, 2008--- In Julian-Mayemail@example.com, "newbobble" <me@...> wrote:
> Well my own research turned up the first complete reference, i.e.
> names instead of one in the ''The Brownie Of Blednoch'' by William...
> Nicholson (the Bard of Galway) which was first published in the
> Dumfries Magazine in 1825.
> Before that the name aikendrum, all one word, as you've noted iscalled
> out as an exultation in "Will Ye Go to Sheriffmuir" which waswritten
> in 1715, which has led to some speculation that this was a JocobiteBob ...
Belated thanks on the Aiken Drum references ... but I think I recall
that "Will Ye Go To Sheriffmuir" is in one of the James
Hogg "collections" and thus highly suspect, since Hogg apparently was
fond of writing "historical" songs from scratch -- some charming
stuff, but none too convincing at times. I'm willing -- nay, eager --
to stand corrected on this if someone can produce a primary source.
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