Billy Taylor

Record 1 of 1
« Previous Record  |  Next Record »
Title - Billy Taylor
Contributors - Willie Mathieson
Reporters - Hamish Henderson

Summary - William Taylor, a fun-loving young man, is press-ganged into the navy. His sweetheart dresses as a man, calls herself Richard Carr, and joins the ship. During a wrestling bout, her top button opens and she is discovered. The captain asks why she is there, and she tells him that she is looking for Billy Taylor. He tells her she can see him with his lady love in the morning. She sees him with the lady and shoots him. The captain makes her commander of the ship and a hundred men.

The contributor learned this song from Willie Taylor at Montfothie, Skelmuir, when he was about eight.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:02:24
Date Recorded - 1952.01
Language - English
Genre - Song, Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 15765
Original Tape ID - SA1952.005
Original Track ID - SA1952.05.B8 (B18)
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R

Classification - GD169; LN11; R158;

Item Notes - Text and music transcribed in the School of Scottish Studies. 9 verses with refrains. Prompted here and there by the version in Ord. Later on the same tape (SA1952.05), the contributor adds that he learned the song 'Billy Taylor' from Willie Taylor at a meal-and-ale (harvest celebration).
Greig-Duncan vol. 1, pp. 438-441
Ord p. 315
'English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians' (Cecil Sharp) vol. I, p. 373 and note p. 424

Permanent Link -

Record 1 of 1
« Previous Record  |  Next Record »
Terms of Use  |  FAQs  |  Accessibility   |  Contact   |  Copyright  |  Acknowledgements   |  Useful Links   |  Site Map
BBC Alba
The National Trust for Scotland
Sabhal Mor Ostaig