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Thread #143902   Message #3352079
Posted By: Jim McLean
17-May-12 - 12:19 PM
Thread Name: New website 150 stories of Scots songs
Subject: RE: New website 150 stories of Scots songs
Gotcha, yes that's exactly my point. Breac, or however it's spelled, has nothing to do with the Black Watch and is a Gaelic word meaning speckled or spotted and is associated with words from trout to spotted flycatcher.
So the song is simply a tale of a maiden losing her virginity, symbolised by her snood, while pulling or gathering bracken, the plant.