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Thread #41600 Message #3199843
Posted By: Paul Davenport
01-Aug-11 - 01:43 PM
Thread Name: George Collins - what's it all about?
Subject: RE: George Collins - what's it all about?
The 'washer at the ford' is an apparition in Scottish folklore. She usually washes bloody clothes. If one meets her (it always a 'she' (no real pun intended)) then it's a smart move to help her do the washing. If you don't then the bloody clothes will become your own by the end of the day. There's not much in folk belief that tells about what happens if you're daft enough to bed the washer but personally, I can't help but think that it'd end in tears.
Whether this has anything to do with the ballad or not I don't know but it feels like a 'best fit' meaning to me.