“The Lady of Arngosk”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1823 (Sharpe)
Keywords: courting rejection clothes abduction
Found in: Britain(Scotland)

Description

Fragment: "The Highlandmen has a' come down... They've stowen away the bonny lass, The Lady of Arngosk." They dress her in her silken gown, and the Highland leader draws his sword and bids her come. They tie her hands, but she scorns them

Notes

Child's notes to this are about twelve times as long as the actual three-stanza text (the only fragment recovered, and likely the only one which ever will be recovered), and give the apparent background to the song. The lyrics itself are so fragmentary, however, that they could well be a minor adaption of some similar piece such as "Eppie Morrie." - RBW

Cross references

References

  1. Child 224, "The Lady of Arngosk" (1 text)
  2. Roud #4019
  3. BI, C224