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The Glenbuchat Ballads

David Buchan, James Moreira

Publication Year: 2007

Sometime in the early nineteenth century, most likely in the year 1818, the Reverend Robert Scott, minister of the parish of Glenbuchat in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, compiled a collection of traditional ballads that until now has not been published. Most of the ballad collections produced during the Scottish Romantic Revival were eventually anthologized in Francis James Child's seminal English and Scottish Popular Ballads (five volumes, 1882-96). Yet, the Glenbuchat manuscripts, containing sixty-eight ballads in four folio volumes, were not included in Child's volumes. The complete work only came to light in 1949 when it was donated to the Special Collections of the Aberdeen University Library by a descendent of the original compiler. Scott did not give the precise locations of where he collected his ballads or name the performers, but the texts are unique and appear to have been drawn from oral sources. As such, the ballads reveal a great deal about the nature of traditional music at the time they were collected. The Glenbuchat Ballads were originally prepared for publication by David Buchan, one of the leading ballad scholars of the twentieth century. Upon Buchan's death, his former student James Moreira took up and completed his work and wrote the detailed introductory essay and annotations in this volume. David Buchan (1939-1994) was a leading international ballad scholar. James Moreira, director of the Maine Folklife Center, has published widely on the ballads of Canada, Norway, and the United Kingdom.

Published by: University Press of Mississippi

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Preface and Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xi

This volume brings to light one of the very few Romantic revival collections not included in Francis James Child’s The English and Scottish Popular Ballads. Though the manuscripts date to the early nineteenth century, little was known about them until after World...

Abbreviations & Map of Glenbuchat

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pp. xiii- xvi

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pp. xvii-lxxiii

The Glenbuchat manuscripts have hovered on the edge of ballad scholarship for nearly two centuries. They were known to at least two Scottish antiquarians in the 1820s, but from there the collection lapses into obscurity for more than a century and a quarter...

The Ballads

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pp. 1-2

Vol: I

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pp. 3-70

Vol: I I

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pp. 73-128

Vol: III

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pp. 129-186

Vol: IV

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pp. 187-224

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Notes to the Ballads

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pp. 225-250

The following annotations are intended to be illustrative rather than exhaustive. The principal aim has been to place the Glenbuchat texts within the regional tradition, textually and historically. Those interested in alternate versions are referred to Steve Roud’s Folksong Index, which is the most comprehensive index to song versions in print. The format adopted...


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pp. 251-254

Works Cited

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pp. 255-262

Index of Titles and First Lines

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pp. 263-266

Index of Child and Laws Types

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pp. 267-270

Index of Names and Places

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pp. 271-274

E-ISBN-13: 9781604731583
E-ISBN-10: 1604731583
Print-ISBN-13: 9781578069729
Print-ISBN-10: 1578069726

Publication Year: 2007