“Robin Tamson's Smiddy”


The singer has been sent to the smithy to have the mare shod. While there he woos the smith's daughter behind her father's back. The girl dislikes his poor clothes; he says she can mend them. She decides to run off with him rather than live an old maid


  • Bodleian, Firth b.25(573), "Robin Thompson's Smiddy," J. Moore (Belfast), 1846-1852; also 2806 c.16(207)=Harding B 11(3301), "Robin Thompson's Smiddy"; Harding B 11(2103), "Duddy Breeks" or "Robbin Thompson's Smiddy"; Firth b.26(528), "Robin Tamson"; Harding B 11(1018), Harding B 11(331), "Duddy Breeks"
  • NLScotland, L.C.Fol.70(42b), "Robin Tamson's Smiddy," Poet's Box (Dundee), c 1880-1900


  1. Laws O12, "Robin Tamson's Smiddy"
  2. Logan, pp. 365-367, "My Minnie Ment My Auld Breeks" (1 text)
  3. Gardner/Chickering 67, "Robin Tamson's Smiddy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Creighton-Maritime, p. 39, "Robbie Tampson's Smitty" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Creighton-SNewBrunswick 14, "Robbie Tampson's Smitty" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. DT 671, RTSMITTY
  7. Roud #939
  8. BI, LO12


Author: Alexander Rodgers (Sandy Rodger)?
Earliest date: 1842 (in Whistle-binkie, as "My Auld Breeks, air the Corn Clips")
Found in: Britain(Scotland) US(MW) Canada(Mar)