“Little Benton”


"To little Benton I did fee, In Rhynie feein' fair," but it proves an unhappy agreement; he and Benton soon quarrel. The farmer tries to drive off the singer, who is determined to stay and earn every farthing. The singer warns others of Benton


Ord observes that "Benton" is Aberdeenshire dialect for "bantom," implying that it is a description of, rather than a name for, the unpleasant farmer. - RBW


  1. Ord, p. 238-239, "Little Benton" (1 text)
  2. Roud #5580 and 5906
  3. BI, Ord238


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1930 (Ord)
Keywords: farming money hardtimes
Found in: Britain(Scotland)