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Thread #143902   Message #3352508
Posted By: Gutcher
18-May-12 - 01:40 PM
Thread Name: New website 150 stories of Scots songs
Subject: RE: New website 150 stories of Scots songs
Oops--had a quick glance at Whitelaw before posting at 6-17A.M. should have read the full quote--he states "This song cannot be traced in any of the earlier collections" had I read the rest of the quote I would have seen that he mentions Johnstons Musical Museum as the place where it first appears in print.
Whitelaws title for the song is "TWINE WEEL THE PLAIDEN" which,along with Patersons explanation for puin the breckan further confirms me in my belief that the song has nothing to do with pulling bracken.
All I can say is to repeat that in a lifetime among country folk I have never heard bracken referred to as breckan.
The Gaelic College in Skye certainly claimed gelloch as a gaelic word and were most interested to hear that it was being used near Mauchline, Ayrshire in the mid 20th C.