Lord Lovat

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Title - Lord Lovat
Alternate Title - Lord Lovel
Contributors - Lizzie Ann Higgins
Reporters - Ailie Edmunds Munro

Summary - In this ballad, Lord Lovat goes on a long voyage, leaving behind his lover Lady Nancybell. After years of journeying, he has a foreboding dream one night, causing him to return him 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.

Lizzie Higgins' mother, Jeannie Robertson, would sing this to her as a lullaby.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:06:51
Date Recorded - 1970.01
Language - English
Genre - Song, Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 65567
Original Tape ID - SA1970.020
Original Track ID - SA1970.20.A4
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R

Classification - C75; GD1232; R48;

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

Item Notes - 6 verses of 4 lines. 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, pp. 442-447, no. 1232
'Scottish Studies' 14 (A. Munro, 1970) pp. 159-161; (J. Porter & H. Gower, 1970) pp. 45-46
'Ancient Scottish Ballads' (G. R. Kinloch, 1827) pp. 31-35
'Jeannie Robertson' (J. Porter & H. Gower, 1995) pp. 255-257
'Last Leaves of Traditional Ballads' (A. Keith & G. Greig, 1925) pp. 57-58
'Andrew Crawfurd's Collection of Ballads & Songs' vol. 1 (E. Lyle, 1975) pp. 54-55
'Travellers' Songs from England and Scotland' (E. MacColl & P. Seeger, 1977) pp. 70-72
'Folk-Song of the North-East' (G. Greig, K. Goldstein, A. Argo, 1963 reprint) art. CLIX

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