“The Mautman”


The mautman arrives to demand his pay, "or maut ye'll ne'er get mair." He says it is very good maut, but she complains of the"unruly crew" that "pierc'd my dochter's barrel." (The answer is that kissing is no sin, else so many would not do it.)


The Kinloch text of this song seems to be composite; the first part is an argument about seducing an auld wife's daughter, in very irregular meter. It then breaks into a much more regular section stating that "some say kissing's a sin, but I think it's nane ava, For kissing has been in the world When there was but only twa."

Ewan MacColl has a fragment, "Kissing's No Sin," with only that second part, followed by a part about how lawyers and others go kissing. The latter also appears in "The Hog-Tub." The nature of the dependence is not clear to me given the small number of texts I've seen. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Kinloch-BBook XXIX, pp. 86-88, "The Mautman" (1 text)
  2. Roud #5508
  3. BI, KinBB29


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1827 (Kinloch)
Keywords: food seduction sex money
Found in: Britain(Scotland)