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182          Ballads and Songs of Michigan
67 ROBIN TAMSON'S SMIDDY
This song is so very similar to a text in Songs of Scotland, II, 147, that it sug­gests familiarity with a literary source For additional Versions see Ford (First Series, 1899), pp. 194-196, Frank Kidson, Ttadtttonal Tunes (Oxford, 1891), pp. 82-84; and Logan, p. 365.
The present version was sung in 1935 by Mr. Thomas Nichol, Filion, he learned the song from his father, Mr. Francis Nichol, who was born in Scodand and came to Canada with his parents when he was eight years old. They settled just south of London, Ontario, in 1833. Mr. Thomas Nichol came to Michigan in 1895, when twenty-one years old.
i Ah, me mither ment me auld breeks, An' ae, but they were diddy-o. She sent me to git shod the mare, At Robin Tamson's smiddy-o. The smiddy stands ayont the burn, As it gangs through the clachan-o; I never yet gae by the door, But aye I Ła* a-laughin'-o.







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