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Lesley N. Origin: Scottish Emigrant's Farewell (A Hume) (12) RE: Scottish Emigrant's Farewell - A Hume? 18 Nov 99

And here I've been thinking all this while Pentland referred to the Firth! Pentland is also referred to in The Scarborough Settler's Lament - though in SSL they refer to "Pentland's craggy comb" - would that fit the hills as well? But I see now in Bonnie Dundee it's definately the hills (he wouldn't have been near John o' Groats anyway, come to think of it - duh!), and in this instance the hills would make much better sense as he's from Edinburgh! My Scottish geography is woefully inadequate!

Thanks Murray and Bruce. I appreciate the info - and the corrections to the lyrics. Although it is sea in the songbook - deep is certainly much preferable. Though I am now a bit confused as to Afton Water. The tune we are familiar with is Hume's, correct? So there was another tune associated with Burns' words before that - can you tell me what it was?

Well, it's good to know that when my instincts suggested to me that it wasn't a 16th century tune, they were right. It doesn't always work that way...

I put the tune up at Scottish Emigrant's Farewell (

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