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Jim McLean Origins: Isle of St Helena (62* d) RE: Origins: Isle of St Helena 05 Jun 20

I knew old Francie McPeake and all the family but I couldn't find any traditional connection to the Wild Mountain Thyme tune so it has to be credited as original by the McPeakes. There's a whole load of talk about this elsewhere but the only thing we can be sure of is the lyrics have been lifted from Tannahill.

Regarding Tannahills grave: I was born in Paisley and brought up in a tenement that overlooked Tannahills grave on the other side of the railway line. As youngsters we would rob apples from the local 'big' houses in Castlehill and eat them behind the railings which surrounded his grave. This was in 1945 or thereabouts but it's different today.

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