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Thread #77411   Message #3507231
Posted By: Gutcher
22-Apr-13 - 04:02 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Annachie Gordon
Subject: RE: Origins: Annachie Gordon
Great weekend Matthew, where else could we get wall to wall doom and gloom with never a geetar in sight.
As regards the origins of this particular ballad my researches have come to an impasse on two counts--the R.C. church require an unquantified sum for a search of their records for the Bamff/Buchan area for the period in question and what records they do have may be in latin.
As mentioned on another thread last year I have ,to my own satisfaction, narrowed down the period when the events narrated in this ballad could have occured to 1555--1600, this being the only period when Achnahie of that Ilk who by some legal means retained the designation of Achnahie after having disponed the lands of that name to Gordon of Balnakettle who by the law of Scotland should have been known as Achnahie. As we could not have two people known as Achnahie at one time, Gordon to show his territorial designation and to distinguish himself from other Gordons would have adopted the style Achnahie Gordon while Andrew Achnahie was still living.