Nellie Douglas

Title - Nellie Douglas
Contributors - Dr Sheila Douglas
Reporters - Ian Paterson

Summary - A bothy song in which a young woman in farm service laments at having to leave her friends and sweetheart when the season is over. The farmer's son tells her not to be sad as she has won his affection. She believes herself too lowly to marry him, as she is only his father's servant. He tells her that he would always prefer a 'well-doing lass' to a lady with money, and marries her. He bids all his servants change how they address her from then on, calling her his lady.

Sheila Douglas learned the song from Ord's 'Bothy Songs and Ballads', and the tune is taken from another song, 'Chairlie, o Charlie cam owre fae Pitgair'. She remarks that the farm names mentioned in the last verse, Balgay and Logie, are now areas of Dundee, where the farms once stood.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:05:35
Date Recorded - 1977.07.22
Language - Scots
Genre - Song, Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 67601
Original Tape ID - SA1977.124
Original Track ID - SA1977.124.A3
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R

Classification - R5547;

Item Location:
  County - Angus
  Parish - Dundee
  Village - Balgay

Item Notes - 8 verses of 4 lines.
'Charlie, o Charlie (Pitgair)' is also in Ord's 'Bothy Songs and Ballads' (pp. 216-217) and is Roud Folk Song Index no. 2584.
'Bothy Songs & Ballads' (J. Ord, 1930) p. 123

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