Bonny Hoose o Airlie

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Title - Bonny Hoose o Airlie
Contributors - Belle Stewart
Reporters - Hamish Henderson
Item Person - Campbell, Archibald (1st Marquess of Argyll); Ogilvie, James (1st Earl of Airlie)

Summary - This ballad tells the story of a dispute between the Earls of Argyll and Airlie. Argyll sees the lady of the castle looking down and he tells her to come down and kiss him, or they will destroy the castle. She refuses. She says that had her "guid lord" [Airlie] been at home, and not away with Charlie [Bonnie Prince Charlie] Argyll would not have dared to attack the castle. Argyll burns the castle down in a rage. Lochiel and Charlie vow they will burn the house of Argyll.

Followed by a conversation on how well the song was sung; Hamish Henderson says he thinks it is the best version of the song he has heard. Belle Stewart says she got the song from her cousin, Jimmy Whyte, who could "sing it right".

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:04:37
Date Recorded - 1956
Language - Scots
Genre - Song, Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 32978
Original Tape ID - SA1956.120
Original Track ID - SA1952.120.A5
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R

Classification - C199; GD233; R794;

Recording Location:
  County - Perthshire
  Parish - Blairgowrie
  Village - Blairgowrie

Item Location:
  County - Angus
  Parish - Airlie
  Village - Airlie Castle

Item Notes - 8 verses.
The actual incident behind this song took place on 7th July 1640, when the Earl of Argyll, Archibald Campbell (1607-1661), destroyed Airlie Castle, belonging to James Ogilvie (1593-1666), the 1st Earl of Airlie. The two were on opposing sides of the conflict involving the National Covenant. Ogilvy had left with a force of men to aid Charles I, and the anti-royalist Campbell seized the opportunity to attack. Confusion surrounding the 'Charlie' referenced in the song has led to inclusions of verses linking the ballad with Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite conflict of 1745-46, including a last verse in which Cameron of Lochiel (an eminent Jacobite) swears revenge for the crime.
Greig-Duncan vol. 2, pp. 170-175
'Tocher' 21 (1976) pp. 174-175
'Scottish Ballads' (E. Lyle, 1994) pp. 59-60
'Scottish Studies' 14 (1970) pp. 176-178
'Bothy Songs & Ballads' (J. Ord, 1930) p. 470
'Scotland Sings' (E. MacColl, 1953) pp. 18-19
'Come Gie's a Sang' (S. Douglas, 1995) pp. 12-13
'The Scottish Ballads' (R. Chambers, 1829) pp. 92-95
'Book of Scottish Song' (A. Whitelaw, 1845) pp. 545-546
'Ballads of Scotland' vol. 2 (W. E. Aytoun, 1858) pp. 265-268
'Vagabond Songs & Ballads' vol. 2 (R. Ford, 1901) pp. 167-169
'Traditional Ballad Airs' vol. 2 (W. Christie, 1881) pp. 276-277
'Ancient Scottish Ballads' (G. R. Kinloch, 1827) pp. 100-108, 273
'Till Doomsday in the Afternoon' (E. MacColl & P. Seeger, 1986) pp. 175-176
'Last Leaves of Traditional Ballads' (A. Keith & G. Greig, 1925) pp. 123-125
'Andrew Crawfurd's Collection of Ballads & Songs' vol. 1 (E. Lyle, 1975) p. 161
'Travellers' Songs from England and Scotland' (E. MacColl & P. Seeger, 1977) pp. 89-91
'Folk-Song of the North-East' (G. Greig, K. Goldstein & A. Argo, 1963 reprint) art. no. LVIII

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