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Bonnie Glenshee

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Title - Bonnie Glenshee
Contributors - Charlotte Higgins; Jock Higgins
Reporters - Maurice Fleming

Summary - Song between two lovers, which describes the landscape, inhabitants and occasional travellers through Glenshee, including shepherds and soldiers. The man implores the woman to make herself ready to go with him and he will take her to Glenisla at the foot of Glenshee.

Followed by brief conversation about the origin of the song. Charlotte Higgins does not know where the song comes from but thinks it must be hundreds of years old; she recalls hearing elderly people singing it when she was a child.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:03:51
Date Recorded - 1955
Language - Scots
Genre - Song, Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 27849
Original Tape ID - SA1955.014
Original Track ID - SA1955.14.A1
Audio Quality - Fair
Audio Format - R2R

Classification - GD1053; R832;


Recording Location:
  County - Perthshire
  Parish - Blairgowrie
  Village - Blairgowrie


Item Location:
  County - Perthshire
  Parish - Kirkmichael
  Village - Glenshee

Item Notes - 3 verses with chorus after each, plus chorus at start with slightly different melody to chorus line in the rest of song. Also known as 'Busk Busk Bonnie Lassie'. Most commonly associated with the singing of the Stewarts of Blair. Said to be related to PM John MacLellan's First World War pipe tune 'The Bloody Fields of Flanders'.
See:
Ord pp. 136-137
Greig, 'Folk-Song of the North-East', Art. CVII, CXLI
Greig-Duncan vol 5, pp. 494-498, no. 1053 'Oh No No'

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