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Thread #9488   Message #1029288
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
03-Oct-03 - 08:08 PM
Thread Name: is Rattlin Bog Irish?
Subject: RE: is Rattlin Bog Irish?
They're wrong about that flea. It appears in (at least) some Western English forms of the song as well. (e.g. Kennedy, Folk Songs of Britain and Ireland, 226-7: The Tree on the Hill, a set from Morvah, Cornwall; with translation into Cornish).

The Bog variant turns up in East Anglia, incidentally; but in that case it seems likely to have got there from Ireland via the fishing trade, which involved a lot of song-exchanging in both directions (Harry Cox's set of Black Velvet Band, localised to Belfast and later popularised by the Dubliners, seems to be another example of that interchange).