The Gallowa Hills

Date 1956
Track ID 64851
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Track Information

Original Track ID

SA1956.169.A1

Original Tape ID

SA1956.169

Summary

In this song, the singer asks a pretty girl to come with him and share his lot in a strange country [i.e. district], to which she agrees, saying that she will sell her possessions and they will go over the hills to Galloway.

Item Notes

3 verses and choruses of 4 lines. 'The Gallowa Hills' is believed to have originated from a song by William Nicholson (1783-1849) called 'The Braes of Galloway', first published in his 'Tales in Verse, and Miscellaneous Poems descriptive of Rural Life and Manners' (1814, pp. 262-263). 20th century versions appear to stem from broadsides of the late 19th century.

See also:
'101 Scottish Songs' (N. Buchan, 1962) p. 102
National Library of Scotland, Broadside Ballad collection, RB.m.143(119)
'Jeannie Robertson: Emergent Singer, Transformative Voice' (J. Porter & H. Gower, 1995) pp. 171-172

Item Location

Village/Place - Galloway

Language

Scots

Genre

Song

Collection

SoSS

Classification

R3358;