“The Plooin' Match”


The ploughmen meet at (Hilton) to have a contest. The various ploughmen are listed, along with the way they competed. The song concludes, "The judges cam frae far an' near... But some wad say their sicht was puir That day among the ploomen."


Ord observes that "When singing this song the singer generally puts in the names of persons known to his audience.... The locus of the match has also been forgotten." And, indeed, Grieg's versions have no name. - RBW


  1. Ord, p. 239-241, "The Ploughing Match" (1 text)
  2. Roud #5581
  3. BI, Ord239


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1930 (Ord)
Found in: Britain(Scotland)