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Thread #105266   Message #2164724
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
05-Oct-07 - 06:09 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Bonny Doon / The Banks o' Doon
Subject: RE: Bonny Doon- The Banks o' Doon
Unlikely, I think. It's used as a name, (and therefore wouldn't be in a glossary anyway) and Luman is a perfectly good name, though not Scottish; but then, neither is Chloris, who certainly features as a 'type' name in Burns, though he didn't over-use the classical names like Corydon, Phyllis, Strephon and the like, that fill the works of many of his contemporaries.

I wonder if the broadside is somebody else's modification of Burns, or another of his own drafts? Although I don't recall coming across Luman among the stereotypical classic-bucolic nomenclature, Lubin, for example, was pretty common. Whether anybody was actually called by any of these names in those days is another matter, of course; but perhaps that was the whole point.

I'll get to the question of the tune, but that will have to be later. The matter is a bit lengthy and I am too tired to do all that typing this evening.