Burns and His Highland Mary/Far Over the Forth

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Title - Burns and His Highland Mary/Far Over the Forth
Contributors - Lizzie Ann Higgins; Elizabeth Stewart
Reporters - Peter R. Cooke; Akiko Takamatsu
Item Person - Burns, Robert; Campbell, Mary [Highland Mary]

Summary - Elizabeth Stewart sings a song about the parting of Robert Burns and his lover, Mary Campbell, and her tragic death shortly afterwards.

Lizzie Higgins comments on the similarity of the melody to the one she sings for the courtship song 'Far Over The Forth', which she sings for comparison.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:05:01
Date Recorded - 1987.02.25
Language - Scots
Genre - Song, Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 80524
Original Tape ID - SA1987.016
Original Track ID - SA1987.16.2; SA1987.16.3; SA1987.16.4; SA1987.16.5
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R

Classification - GD1249; LO34; R3360; R820;

Recording Location:
  County - Aberdeenshire
  Parish - Longside
  Village - Mintlaw

Item Location:
  County - Ayrshire

Item Notes - Several breaks owing to emotion.
Robert Burns (1759-1796) met Mary Campbell (1763-1786) in 1786, and they pursued a brief, but intense love affair. She died shortly afterwards at Greenock.
Greig-Duncan vol. 6, pp. 488-492
National Library of Scotland, RB.m.143(030)
'Bothy Songs & Ballads' (J. Ord, 1930) pp. 354-355
'Vagabond Songs & Ballads' vol. 1 (R. Ford, 1899) pp. 124-126
'Till Doomsday in the Afternoon' (E. MacColl & P. Seeger, 1986) pp. 193-195
'Folk-Song of the North-East' (G. Greig, K. Goldstein & A. Argo, 1963 reprint) art. LXXVI
Murray Collection (Broadsides), Glasgow University Library, mu23-y1:009, mu23-y1:026, mu23-y4:024

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