“Geordie Downie”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1930 (Ord)
Keywords: tinker Gypsy courting abandonment homicide death horse
Found in: Britain(Scotland)


"Hae ye heard o' a widow in rich attire... She's followed a tinker frae Dee-side, His name was Geordie Downie." She rejoices to follow tinker Geordie rather than her former husband. But he gets drunk, kills her, and falls off his horse and dies


Ord discusses this in connection with the "glamour" cast by the Gypsy Laddie over women, implying that this is a sort of sequel of that song. This seems unlikely, but it probably does derive from the same sort of anti-Gypsy feeling. - RBW


  1. Ord, p. 461, "Geordie Downie" (1 text)
  2. Roud #3930
  3. BI, Ord461