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Thread #169114 Message #4087219
Posted By: Steve Gardham
09-Jan-21 - 09:29 AM
Thread Name: Ramsay Tea-table Miscellany
Subject: RE: Ramsay Tea-table Miscellany
If we can confirm this it will be very useful. There is every likelihood Ramsay got it from another printed source but until that surfaces Ramsay is our earliest point for Johnny Faa.
I seem to remember he is also the earliest source of the 'Scotch' version of Barbara Allen but I think that's in an earlier volume. It's such a pity Pepys didn't just give us the first line of what Mrs Knipp sang. My theory is that the Scotch version is what she sang, i.e.,what Ramsay published. Much of what appears in Ramsay comes from the London stage and pleasure gardens. I'm pretty convinced both early versions originated in London.