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Steve Gardham Lyr Req: Geordie (from Sam Russell) (24) RE: Lyr Req: Geordie (from Sam Russell) 11 Apr 21

Hi Jon
I wasn't thinking of you there. There are many people here and on the scene who don't like being informed of the strong probabilities that many of the Child Ballads were concocted during the 18th century by the antiquarians, poets and editors. As this is mostly opinion and there is very little proof (nor likely ever to be) I'd rather not enter into long time-consuming debate on it.

What I will do is conduct a much more detailed analysis of the evolution of this ballad as soon as I have time. Evidence at the moment is pointing to an intermediate version(s) from mid 18th century, that gave rise to the 19thc broadsides and the very different Scottish versions, not currently extant.

The main evidence for this lies in the differences between the 19thc broadsides.

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