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Thread #168484   Message #4070322
Posted By: Vic Smith
01-Sep-20 - 06:58 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Rigs o' Rye / Two Rigs of Rye
Subject: RE: Rigs o' Rye
Brechin and Montrose were both towns where many Scots Travellers or "Summer Walkers" spent their winters in a "single fleabox room" as Adam MacNaughtan called their winter dwellings. The song also includes the lines:-
We'll bid fareweel tae Brechin
When yellow's on the broom.

Of the recordings of Scots travellers singing that I made, the one of Jane Turriff singing "The Rigs o' Rye" at her house in Gavel Street, Fetterangus in 1971 remains one of my favourites.