Much thanks to everybody,
Especially to George for the 'clicky' links, as I can very rarely manage to get the forum search to work - I promise I do try afore posting a query. I must figure out why. Much fasinating material to pore over.
I heard the last 10 minutes of the play on radio 4 yesterday - which left me wondering if there was a 'true' story behind the song. ( Dainty Davie, Thomas the Rhymer, Sir Patrick Spens come to mind immmediately.)
I find it amazing that connections can be found with people from so long ago. History at school was nothing like this.
I completely agree with Dick that the story strikes a chord, but as I sing unaccompanied I can't actually do that.