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Thread #57991   Message #2999342
Posted By: Steve Gardham
04-Oct-10 - 10:35 AM
Thread Name: Origins: rathlin bog / Rattlin' Bog / Rattling Bog
Subject: RE: Origins: rathlin bog
And you can also look at the several variants on garlands and broadsides under various titles. One at least available online is a later one printed by Pearson of Manchester, Bodleian, Firth, c26 (260)
titled 'Where the green leaves grows all around. But I have a version c1800 titled 'The Tree on the Hill' from a garland. It's pretty obvious they all come from oral tradition and as someone has already pointed out the song is known in various parts of Europe and must be at least 3 centuries old.