The Dowie Dens o Yarrow

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Title - The Dowie Dens o Yarrow
Contributors - Hamish Henderson; Willie Scott
Reporters - Fred E. Kent

Summary - A lady in the north is courted by nine noblemen and a Yarrow ploughboy, whom she prefers. He has to fight all nine; he kills three, three run away and three are badly wounded, but her brother comes up and stabs him in the back. The ploughboy tells him to go and confess his treachery to his sister. He is on his way home when he meets her. She tells him she has had a dream that he has shed blood and he tells her her true love is dead. She wraps her hair round the ploughboy and carries his body home. Her father says he will find her a noble bridegroom but she says no one can match her ploughboy.

Hamish Henderson says that the song was first written down by Sir Walter Scott but Willie Scott has a different version, older than the one in the 'Minstrelsy'. As a shepherd Willie has a great knowledge of Yarrow and all the Border lands.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:06:00
Date Recorded - 1971
Language - Scots
Genre - Song, Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 66550
Original Tape ID - SA1971.190
Original Track ID - SA1971.190.4
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R

Classification - C214; GD215; R13;

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

Item Notes - 10 verses.
Greig-Duncan vol. 2, pp. 99-113
Ord pp. 426-427

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