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The Beggarman

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Title - The Beggarman
Contributors - Donald MacMartin
Reporters - Hamish Henderson

Summary - Fragments of the song 'The Beggarman', in which a beggar seeks lodgings at a house.

The contributor recalls that the song was popular in the bothies [at his uncle's farm].

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:00:43
Date Recorded - 1965
Language - Scots
Genre - Song, Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 28062
Original Tape ID - SA1965.159
Original Track ID - SA1965.159.B20
Audio Quality - Fair
Audio Format - R2R

Classification - C279A; GD275; R119;


Recording Location:
  County - Berwickshire
  Parish - Coldingham
  Village - Coldingham

Item Notes - 2 verses of 3 lines with a refrain of 2 lines.
In the complete version of this song, a beggar seeks lodgings at a house, but is refused entry because the occupant's daughter had previously run off with a beggar. The beggar tells the occupant that the daughter is returning with her and the beggar's children. It is revealed that the beggar is in fact a rich man, and the daughter is wealthy and happy.
See:
Greig-Duncan vol. 2, pp. 320-330
'Scottish Ballads' (E. Lyle, 1994) pp. 250-252
'101 Scottish Songs' (N. Buchan, 1962) pp. 46-47
'Bothy Songs & Ballads' (J. Ord, 1930) pp. 375-377
'Come Gie's a Sang' (S. Douglas, 1995) pp. 8-9, 28-30
'Vagabond Songs & Ballads' vol. 1 (R. Ford, 1899) pp. 241-243
'Ancient & Modern Scottish Songs' vol. 2 (D. Herd, 1869, 1973) pp. 49-51
'The Scots Musical Museum' vol. 3 (J. Johnson & R. Burns, 1853 edition) pp. 234-235, no. 226)=

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