A recited fragment of the song, 'Arthur McBride':The drummer boy [he kicked up?] such a rowAnd we made a football of his rowdy-dow-dow,Threw it in the water tae rock and tae rowAnd it happened on Christman mornin'.The contributor heard the song around the time of the First World War, sung by Travellers called Stewart.
1 verse of 4 lines.See:Greig-Duncan vol. 1, pp. 180-182 'Bothy Songs & Ballads' (J. Ord, 1930) pp. 306-307'The Rambling Soldier' (R. Palmer, 1977) pp. 55-56'Folk Song in England' (A. L. Lloyd, 1967) pp. 257-258
County - Banffshire
Parish - Inveravon
Village/Place - Glenlivet