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Uke Origins: Loss of the Scotch Patrick (3) RE: Origins: 'Loss of the Scotch Patrick' 06 Oct 03


This song should definitely be of interest to NZ-ers, apparently the disaster sent shockwaves round the British Empire at the time. There's a chapter in the book "White Wings" (about NZ emigrant ships) concerning this incident.

For a melody, I've been trialing one in the Greig-Duncan books (where this song is found without a tune). It's from Greig's same informant and is goes with a song called "The Loss of the London" - another emigrant-ship-disaster tale. It's a cracker of a Scottish melody and requires only one small alteration to fit the "Scotch Patrick" words. Worth hunting out.

By the way, I think that other thread is about a completely different song, an English ballad called "Gil Brenton" (Child 5).


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