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Thread #12890 Message #1216458
Posted By: akenaton
29-Jun-04 - 03:04 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Jolly Plough Boys
Subject: RE: Jolly Plough Boys
Susan...I had this song sung to me many years ago by the wonderful geordeanna Mcculloch,a great lassie and still a great voice.
In the hierarchy of the Scottish farm "touns" the young ploughmen were the "Jack the lads" of their day.They were the most important workers in the toun, and were able to behave in a "gallus" cheeky manner to their comrades and even to the farmer himself.
They prided themselves in their fashionable appearance,and hoped ultimately to "Get their own place". As a result all the lassies were after a ploughboy,hense "A' the go".
AS a child, I remember the end of the heavy horses,and the mixed farming in Scotland,and of course the end of the gallus plooboys...Ake