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Jim McLean Ramsay Tea-table Miscellany (24) RE: Ramsay Tea-table Miscellany 07 Jan 21

These are the notes from Stenhoise, page 393, in my copy dated 1853.


The title and tune are all that remains of the old song, which is taken from McGibbon’s First Collection of Scots Tunes, p. 18. Oswald afterwards printed it under the new title of “There’s Three Ood Fellows down in yon Glen,” in the fifth book of his Caledonian Pocket Companion, p.1.
The four lines in the Museum, beginning “It’s now the day is daw’ing,” introduced in the solo, were hastily penned by Burns at the request of the Publisher, who was anxious to have the tune in that work, and the old words could not be discovered. The word fa’ in is erroneously printed fain in the Museum. This beautiful old air, however, well merits a better set of verses than those in the above-mentioned work.

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