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May Colvin

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Title - May Colvin
Alternate Title - The Outlandish Knight
Contributors - Wattie Wright
Reporters - Ailie Edmunds Munro

Summary - In this ballad, a knight comes to court a young maid, convincing her to leave with him and bring gold and horses. He takes her to the seaside and tells her to dismount - he has drowned other young women here, and will do the same to her. When he demands her silken gown, she asks him to avert his eyes, and with his back turned she pushes him into the water. He begs to be saved, saying he will marry her if she helps him; she refuses and rides away.

Wattie Wright sings only the first part of this ballad - the second deals with the young woman's regret at stealing from her father and her request that her father bury the knight.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:06:38
Date Recorded - 1973.09.08
Language - Scots
Genre - Song
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 67149
Original Tape ID - SA1973.112
Original Track ID - SA1973.112.B1a
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R

Classification - C4; GD225; R21;


Recording Location:
  County - Kinross-shire
  Parish - Kinross
  Village - Kinross

Item Notes - 16 verses of 4 lines.
See:
Greig-Duncan vol. 2, pp. 146-147, no. 225
'Scottish Ballads' (E. Lyle, 1994) pp. 70-71
'Traditional Tunes' (F. Kidson, 1891) pp. 26-29, 172
'The Scottish Ballads' (R. Chambers, 1829) pp. 232-236
'The Scotish (sic) Minstrel' vol. 3 (R. A. Smith, 1823) p. 92
'Book of Scottish Ballads' (A. Whitelaw, 1845) pp. 27-28
'Minstrelsy Ancient & Modern' (W. Motherwell, 1827) pp. 67-71
'Traditional Ballad Airs' vol. 2 (W. Christie, 1881) pp. 236-237
'Sam Henry's Songs of the People' (G. Huntington, 1990) pp. 413-414
'Ancient Ballads and Songs' vol. 1 (P. Buchan, 1828, 1875) pp. 22-24
'Last Leaves of Traditional Ballads' (A. Keith & G. Greig, 1925) pp. 2-4
'Ancient & Modern Scottish Songs' vol. 1 (D. Herd, 1869, 1973) pp. 93-94
'Ancient Ballads and Songs' vol. 2 (P. Buchan, 1828, 1875) pp. 43-49, 191-193
'Andrew Crawfurd's Collection of Ballads & Songs' vol. 1 (E. Lyle, 1975) pp. 83-86
'Travellers' Songs from England and Scotland' (E. MacColl & P. Seeger, 1977) pp. 50-51
'Folk-Song of the North-East' (G. Greig, K. Goldstein & A. Argo, 1963 reprint) art. CVI
'Traditional Tunes of the Child Ballads' vol. 1 (B. H. Bronson & F. J. Child, 1959) pp. 39-100

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