Cover

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pp. i-ii

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. iii-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Foreword Peter Buchan and the Authenticity Controversy

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pp. ix-xvi

"Probably no folk song or ballad collector has quite endured the feral-eyed scrutiny of rivalrous scholars as has Peter Buchan, printer of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire. Poor Buchan, embraced in his own time by the likes of C. K. Sharpe, James Maidment and William Motherwell (he who dedicated..."

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Preface and Acknowledgments

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pp. xvii-xviii

"This is the first full publication of the Peter Buchan ‘savoury’ manuscript Secret Songs of Silence, preserved, or embalmed, at Harvard for more than a hundred years. The introductory material is in two parts, the first a foreword by Ed Cray, one of the small (but thankfully ever-growing) group of scholars..."

Abbreviations

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pp. xix-xx

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Introduction

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pp. 1-42

"Peter Buchan was born in Peterhead in 1790, to parents who were quite well off. On his father’s side he traced his descent (to his own satisfaction) through a General Buchan of Rathy House, Crimond, back to the Comyns, the Earls of Buchan, renowned in Scottish history: the Black Comyn, in the thirteenth..."

Secret Songs of Silence

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pp. 43-276

Appendix 1

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pp. 277-292

Appendix 2

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pp. 293-294

First Line and Title Index

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pp. 295-298

general Index

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pp. 299-302