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Posted By: Jack Campin
16-Feb-10 - 07:10 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Original lyrics to some of Burns songs
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Original lyrics to some of Burn's songs
Burns published "Duncan Davidson" in the Scots Musical Museum in 1788, with a "Z" mark to indicate it was an adaptation of a traditional song. The tune had been published previously in McGlashan's collection of 1781, as "Duncan Davidson".

So we can be reasonably certain the original tune was for a song called "Duncan Davidson" which was much like Burns's one, even though we don't have a copy of it independent of Burns.