The Banks of Sweet Dundee

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Title - The Banks of Sweet Dundee
Contributors - Willie Mathieson
Reporters - Hamish Henderson

Summary - A farmer's daughter is orphaned and goes to live with her uncle. She falls in love with his ploughboy but a wealthy squire is also courting her.

Willie Mathieson had this song from Willie Mutch at Drakemyre when he was about eight or nine years old. Willie suffered from ill health as a boy with rheumatic fever at age twelve, probably caused by his ditching job started at age eleven.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:01:50
Date Recorded - 1952.01
Language - Scots
Genre - Song, Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 17839
Original Tape ID - SA1952.011
Original Track ID - SA1952.11.B12 (B21)
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R

Classification - GD224; LM25; R148;

Recording Location:
  County - Aberdeenshire
  Parish - Ellon
  Village - Ellon

Item Notes - Text and music transcribed in School of Scottish Studies. 2 verses. Not in Willie Mathieson's MSS. In the full ballad, Mary fights for her right to her true love. Cf. 'English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians' (Cecil Sharp, vol. I, p. 399).
See also:
Greig-Duncan vol. 2, pp. 137-145; and cf. response song vol. 5, pp.

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