“When Will Ye Gang Awa'? (Huntingtower)”


Janie asks what Jamie will bring her when he crosses the sea. He promises a new gown, then a "gallant gay." She wants only him. He submits that he has a wife and children. She is distressed; he promises to marry her


For the relationship of this song to "Richie Story" [Child 232], see the notes on that song. - RBW

Cross references


  • NLScotland, RB.m.143(127), "Hunting Tower, Or when ye Gang Awa' Jamie," Poet's Box (Dundee), unknown


  1. Child 232, "Richie Story" (9 texts; the text in the Appendix is this song)
  2. Bronson 232, "Richie Story" (9 versions, but #9 is "When Will Ye Gang Awa'? (Huntingtower)" [Laws O23], and #7 and #8 may be as well)
  3. Laws O23, "When Will Ye Gang Awa'? (Huntingtower)"
  4. Creighton/Senior, pp. 217-218,"When Will Ye Gan Awa'?" (1 text, 1 tune) {Bronson's #9}
  5. Flanders-Ancient3, pp. 273-277, "Huntingtower" (2 texts, 1 tune)
  6. DT 482, DATHOL
  7. Roud #345
  8. BI, LO23


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1950 (Creighton/Senior); related text from 1827 (Kinloch)
Found in: Canada(Mar) US(NE)