Coulter's Candy
Fieldworkers
Date 1971
Track ID 26965
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Track Information

Original Track ID

SA1972.203.B3

Original Tape ID

SA1972.203

Summary

Recollection of Coltart selling his candy in Peebles, and singing 'Coulter's Candy'.

David Lawson recalls Coltart the sweet seller in Peebles. He used to have his candy made up in small bags, which he would hold up between his fingers, and he would sing the song now known as 'Coulter's Candy'. He could often be found outside Adam Redpath's, now [1971] Clark's.

Mr Lawson recites the song.

Item Notes

Composed by Robert Coltart (d. 1890) from Galashiels as a sort of advertising jingle for his sweets. Coltard died in 1880, aged 43, of a brain tumour. His song, also commonly known as 'Ally Bally', is to this day one of the most popular nursery rhymes in Scotland.

See:
'Games a Bogie' (M. Sinclair, 1989) p. 13
'Murder Murder Polis' (M. Sinclair, 1986) p. 13
'The Singing Street' (J. T. Ritchie, 1964) p. 54

Item Subject/Person

Coltart, Robert

Item Location

County - Peeblesshire

Parish - Peebles

Village/Place - Peebles

Language

English

Genre

Song

Collection

SoSS

Classification

R19019;