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81 THE THREE SCOTCH ROBBERS
(Henry Martyn, Child, No 250)
Except for the omission of the following significant stanza, Michigan A is almost identical with Child No. 250, E (V, 302-303):
Now when this news reached Merrie England— King George he wore the crown— That his ship and his cargo were taken away, And his brave men they were all drowned.
In a version from Missouri printed by Belden, JAFL, XXV, 171-173 and re­printed by Barry, Eckstorm, and Smyth, pp. 252-253, Andy Bardan was con­demned to death on the gallows. For additional versions and references see Cox, pp. 150-151; Eddy, No. 17; Mackenzie, p. 61; and Williams, pp. 78-79
Version A was sung in 1934 by Mr. Otis Evilsizer, Alger.
A
i There were three brothers in old Scotland, Three jolly brothers were they, For they cast lots, and they did cast lots, To see which would maintain the whole three, three, three, To see which would maintain the whole three.
2 The lot it fell on Andrew Bretan, The youngest of the three,







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