Title - Swaggers
Contributors - Jimmy MacBeath
Reporters - Hamish Henderson
Item Person - Hay, James [Swaggers]

Summary - A fragment of the bothy ballad 'Swaggers', in which the singer warns fellow farm workers against working for Swaggers, the farmer:

Come aa ye jolly plooman lads 'at whistles through Porter Fair
And beware o 'Swaggers' fir he's aye lauchin there,
Aye lauch-lauchin, aye lauchin there,
Fir he'll pit on the blithest face in aa Porter Fair.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:00:30
Date Recorded - 1954.05
Language - Scots
Genre - Song
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 47831
Original Tape ID - SA1954.034
Original Track ID - SA1954.34.B4
Audio Quality - Fair
Audio Format - R2R

Classification - GD386; R4589;

Recording Location:
  County - Midlothian
  Parish - Edinburgh
  Village - Edinburgh

Item Location:
  County - Aberdeenshire
  Parish - Auchterless
  Village - Newmill Farm

Item Notes - 'Swaggers' was the nickname of James Hay, the farmer at Newmill and Netherhill farms. Porter Fair was held at Turriff.
Greig-Duncan vol. 3, pp. 83-89, no. 386
'Bothy Songs & Ballads' (J. Ord, 1930) pp. 219-221
'Scottish Ballad Book' (N. Buchan, 1973) pp. 196-198, 218
'Folk-Song of the North-East' (G. Greig, K. Goldstein & A. Argo, 1963 reprint) art. IV, CXXXVIII

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