Lord Lovat

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Title - Lord Lovat
Contributors - Jeannie Robertson
Reporters - Hamish Henderson
Item Person - Lovat, Lord

Summary - In this ballad, Lord Lovat departs on a long voyage, leaving behind his lover, Lady Nancybell. After years of journeying, he has a foreboding dream, causing him to return at once. When he arrives, he finds ladies weeping, and learns that his beloved has died out of love for him. Weeping, he holds her body one last time.

Jeannie Robertson learned this song around 35 years before from an old woman, possibly named Cameron, and originally from Perthshire.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:05:45
Date Recorded - 1953.10
Language - Scots
Genre - Song, Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 25369
Original Tape ID - SA1953.247
Original Track ID - SA1953.247.B1
Audio Quality - Fair
Audio Format - R2R

Classification - C75; GD1232; R48;

Recording Location:
  County - Aberdeenshire
  Parish - Aberdeen
  Village - Aberdeen

Item Notes - Six verses; last line of each verse is repeated. In other versions of this ballad, Nancy pleads with her lover not to leave; he sometimes dies at the end of the song out of grief.
Greig-Duncan vol. 6, no. 1232
'Jeannie Robertson: Emergent Singer, Transformative Voice' (J. Porter & H. Gower, 1995) pp. 255-257

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