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Date 1956
Track ID 3130
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Track Information

Original Track ID

SA1956.45.A11

Original Tape ID

SA1956.045

Summary

Jock Milne o Livet's Glen received a tenancy that he wanted after composing the following verses:

The rich man's mean an hard,
They wouldna grant a poor man a kailyard [cabbage patch].
The tenants wish an wish in vain
For the noble Gordons back again.

Well had it gone by the male race
No English lord dare hauld his place,
For had it gone by the male line
Oor duke wad been brave lord o Boyne.

Afterwards the poet said, alluding to two farmers that he thought had been instrumental in frustrating him:

Had I been a such as Lettoch or Belno,
I'd got that yard long long ago.

Item Notes

Most of the Gordon estates passed in 1836 to an English lord, through the childless 4th duke's elder sister. Farmers in Scotland are generally known by the name of their farms.

Item Subject/Person

Milne, John [Jock Milne o Livet's Glen]; Gordon family

Recording Location

County - Banffshire

Parish - Inveravon

Village - Glenlivet

Language

Scots

Genre

Information

Collection

SoSS