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GUEST,Jim McLean Scottish melodies in Indian folk songs (24) RE: Scottish melodies in Indian folk songs 04 Jul 11


Again, according to William Stenhouse regarding the popular melody which Thomson put to Auld Lang Syne, Mr Shield borrowed the air almost note for note from the third and fourth strains of the Scottish strathspey in Cumming's Collection, under the title of The Miller's Wedding. In Gow's collection it is called the Miller's Daughter and is modelled on the Lowland melody called I fee'd a Lad at Michaelmas which Burns knew as O Can You Labour lea, Young Man and had long been known among the inhabitants of Nithsdale and is in Johnson's Scots Musical Museum. So I don't think one can say it came via an English source.


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