“The Dying Ploughboy”

Author: Rev. R. H. Calder?
Earliest date: 1930 (Ord)
Keywords: disease farewell death dying farming horse friend worker
Found in: Britain(Scotland)


Singer, a ploughboy, feels a blood vessel burst in his chest; although his doctor tells him he'll be all right, he senses death is near. He bids farewell to his friends, his team of horses, and his plough


Ord lists this as by the Reverend Calder of Glenlivet, who granted permission to print it. The curiosity, in that case, is how MacColl and Seeger found a tune for the thing, and how it came to be so widespread. - RBW


  1. MacSeegTrav 108, "The Dying Ploughboy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Ord, p. 235, "The Dying Ploughboy" (1 text)
  3. Roud #2514
  4. BI, McCST108