The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #8414   Message #52553
Posted By: Bruce O.
07-Jan-99 - 12:04 PM
Thread Name: Need Help w/ Cowden Knowes
Subject: RE: Need Help w/ Cowden Knowes
The Scots song I gave above from 'Orpheus Caledonius' is in Allan Ramsay's 'Tea Table Miscellany', 1723/4 labeled 'new words by different hands'. It is not among the 21 songs in his 'The Gentle Shepherd', nor was the tune used for any of the songs there.

The claim that the tune was by a lover of Mary Queen of Scots is probably a corrupt resurrection of David Rizzio, her secretary and an Italian musician, as composer of several old Scots tunes. (These attributions were in Oswald's 'Caledonian Pocket Companion'.) In no instance are any of these attributions now credited.