“The Moss o Burreldale”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1952 (collected from Jimmy McBeath)
Keywords: bragging fight commerce drink music party moniker worker Gypsy migrant
Found in: Britain(Scotland)

Description

Description of a rowdy gathering of Travellers at the market of Burreldale. A piper's bag bursts, and he's launched into the air; another man plans to fight but his Annie knocks him over, etc. (Some versions describe the participants and their trades)

Long description

Description of a rowdy gathering of Travellers at the market of Burreldale. A piper's bag bursts, and he's launched into the air; another man plans to fight but his Annie knocks him over then challenges him to fight some more; a showoff horseman is thrown (I think). Another man challenges a Catholic to fight. Eventually all leave, but vow they will always remember the fracas. (Some versions describe the participants and their trades)

References

  1. Kennedy 351, "The Moss o' Burreldale" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. MacSeegTrav 127, "The Moss o' Burreldale" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
  3. Roud #1876
  4. BI, K351