Lord Gregory

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Title - Lord Gregory
Contributors - Charlotte Higgins
Reporters - Hamish Henderson

Summary - In this version of Child 76 'The Lass of Roch Royal', a young woman tries to gain entry to see Lord Gregory, who is asleep, and whose child she is carrying. She is refused entry by Lord Gregory's mother. When he awakens, he tells that he dreamed that his love had tried to see him. He admonishes his mother for not letting his love in. He rides out to find her, but discovers her dead [drowned]. He also dies, and they are buried side by side, with a rose growing from one of the graves, a briar from the other, the two intertwining.

Charlotte Higgins sings a verse in order to provide the tune; she does not remember who she heard it from, as it was a long time ago.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:04:40
Date Recorded - 1956
Language - English
Genre - Song, Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 14537
Original Tape ID - SA1956.126
Original Track ID - SA1956.126.B4
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R

Classification - C76; GD1226; R49;

Recording Location:
  County - Perthshire
  Parish - Blairgowrie
  Village - Blairgowrie

Item Notes - Approximately 9 distinct verses and verse fragments (varying lengths) recited.
Greig-Duncan vol.6, pp. 421-425
'Scottish Ballads' (E. Lyle, 1994) pp. 202-206
'Scottish Ballad Book' (N. Buchan, 1973) pp. 44-50
'Book of Scottish Ballads' (A. Whitelaw, 1845) pp. 1-5
'Ballads of Scotland' vol. 1 (W. E. Aytoun, 1858) pp. 58-64
'Ancient Ballads and Songs' vol. 2 (P. Buchan, 1828) pp. 188-191
'Ancient & Modern Scottish Songs' vol. 1 (D. Herd, 1869, 1973) pp. 149-153
'Andrew Crawfurd's Collection of Ballads & Songs' vol. 1 (E. Lyle, 1975) pp. 39-42
'Travellers' Songs from England and Scotland' (E. MacColl & P. Seeger, 1977) pp. 72-74

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