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Posted By: masato sakurai
10-Jun-07 - 07:03 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Election Ballad of Westerhou' (Burns)
Subject: RE: Origins: Election Ballad of Westerhou' (Burns)
From James C. Dick, The Songs of Robert Burns (1903), p. 453:

No. 261. The laddies by the banks o' Nith. In The Spirit of British Song, 1826, ii. 53, and Cunningham's Burns, 1834, entitled 'Election Ballad for Westerha'.' In this second election ballad of 1789, the poet openly sympathizes with the Tory candidate. The Duke of Queensberry is held up to derision. Burns had a very poor opinion of the character of the Whig candidate, the son of his landlord. He is not named in the ballad but he is described in a letter to Graham of Fintry as 'a youth by no means above mediocrity in his abilities, and is said to have a huckster lust for shillings, pennies and farthings.' For a Note on the tune Up and waur them a' Willie; or, Up and warn a', see No. 283.