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GUEST,Murray on Saltspring Lyr Req: Cumnock Psalms (Robert Burns) (8) RE: Bound for Cumnock 28 Apr 00


--There's always "Cumnock Psalms", otherwise "The Grey Goose and the Gled", an obscene song collected by Burns. It's in the Merry Muses books (quite a few editions these days), while the tune is in the Scots Musical Museum, no. 405, to Burns's own words, "As I stood by yon roofless tower". -- Cumnock itself is near Auchinleck, which is where James Boswell was from; and just south is New Cumnock. There are a few poets from that area, e.g. Isobel Pagan, 1739-1821, author of a version (tho not the original, maybe) of what was made by Burns into his own "Ca the Yowes". [Boswell, incidentally, had a poem in a collection of her verse.]-- James Muirhead, D.D., was a native of Logan, in Cumnock parish (1742-1806), wrote a song once rather popular, "Bess the Gawkie". Mary Maxwell Campbell (parish of Cumnock, 1818-1886), wrote "Songs for Children", but also a piece still performed today: "The March of the Cameron Men" (to her own music). -- That's in umpteen anthologies. Several other terribly minor poets hail from thereabouts, but you won't want them, I imagine. -- This of use?? Cheers Murray


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