Familiar Songs - Their Authors & Histories

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O WHISTLE, AND I'LL COME TO YOU MY LAD.
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ROY'S WIFE OF ALDIVALLOCH.
Mrs. Gkant, author of this famous song, was born in Ireland, of Scottish parents. She married her cousin, Mr. Grant, of Carron, on the river Spey, and the name of her home was added to her own, to distinguish her from another Mrs. Grant, also Scotch, and a song­writer. She afterwards married Dr. Murray, of Bath, England, where she died about the year 1814.
Several rhymers, and even Burns, wrote rhymes for this air; but none have supplanted those of Mrs. Grant. I restore two stanzas which add to the originality of the conception and the sentiment of the song.
The air was composed by Neil Gow, the famous Scottish piper and musician. It was called " The Kuffian's Eant," but since the publication of these words, it has been known only as " Koy's Wife of Aldivalloch."








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