The Paisley Officer
Date June 1967
Track ID 21016
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Track Information

Original Track ID

SA1967.147.B16

Original Tape ID

SA1967.147

Summary

Fragment of a soldier's ballad.

Item Notes

Opening verse and fragments of second verse only. In this song, an officer meets a young shepherdess. They fall in love, and when he must leave to fight in war, she dresses up as a soldier and goes with him. He is killed in the fight, and she is killed protecting his body.

This song is usually known as 'The Paisley Officer' or 'India's Burning Sands'. The characters are usually Henry, an officer from Paisley, and Mary, a shepherdess.

See:
Greig-Duncan vol. 1, no. 185

Recording Location

County - Wigtownshire

Parish - Kirkinner

Village - Bladnoch

Language

English

Genre

Song

Collection

SoSS

Classification

R550; GD185; LN2;