The Lass of Roch Royal

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Title - The Lass of Roch Royal
Alternate Title - Lord Gregory
Contributors - John McEvoy
Reporters - Hamish Henderson

Summary - In this ballad, a king's daughter from Cappoquin [in County Waterford?] goes in search of Lord Gregory. At his hall, she is told he is not there, but has gone to Scotland to bring home his new queen. She recalls the nights that she and Lord Gregory exchanged handkerchiefs, and the night he stole away her fond heart. The narrative then cuts to a character [Lord Gregory?] dreaming of a maid rapping at his door, and he calls for his best horses in order to go looking for her.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:04:00
Date Recorded - 1954.09
Language - English
Genre - Song
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 47979
Original Tape ID - SA1954.105
Original Track ID - SA1954.105.A4
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R

Classification - C76; GD1226; R49;

Recording Location:
  County - Midlothian
  Parish - Edinburgh
  Village - Edinburgh

Item Notes - 13 verses. Performed live in concert at the 4th People's Festival Ceilidh in 1954. Also known as 'Lord Gregory'. The narrative of this version is muddled and unclear in places, suggesting some missing verses. Text and music transcribed (with errors) in Bronson, 'The Singing Tradition of Child's Popular Ballads' (1976, pp. 197-198).

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