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The Glenbuchat Ballads

The Glenbuchat Ballads

by David Buchan

A trove of previously unpublished Scottish ballads


A trove of previously unpublished Scottish ballads

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“This eagerly awaited edition of the most substantial unpublished manuscript collection of nineteenth-century Scottish ballads, The Glenbuchat Ballads, which has been prepared by Dr. James Moreira, along with his deceased senior partner, Professor David Buchan, is a fine production which gives us meticulously edited texts along with the broad context for the particular versions of ballads found here, which sometimes have their closest parallels in the broadside tradition and sometimes are totally unique. I have been very interested to read Moreira’s findings about the collector, the Reverend Robert Scott, and his life in the remote parish of Glenbuchat. Although, sadly, the manuscript does not name the singers, Moreira does what he can to set the oral tradition from which these ballads were drawn in its physical and social environment.”

—Dr. Emily Lyle, honorary fellow in Celtic and Scottish studies, University of Edinburgh, and editor of several collections of Scottish ballads and songs

“The late David Buchan and Jamie Moreira have done a wonderful job of breathing life into an early nineteenth-century collection of Scottish ballad texts. Their painstaking research illuminates the life of the collection’s compiler, and it grounds these song texts firmly in the culture of a particular community. These are old texts, but with Buchan and Moreira’s framing, it is easy to see that they still matter and that they still ring true.”

—Burt Feintuch, professor of folklore and English and director of the Center for the Humanities, University of New Hampshire

“Although it contains over fifty ballads collected in the song-rich Northeast of Scotland during the early 1800s, the Glenbuchat manuscript was not known to Francis James Child when he compiled his canonical anthology of The English and Scottish Popular Ballads. Building on work by the late David Buchan, who edited and annotated the ballad texts, James Moreira has done a superb job in bringing this volume to press, and especially in contributing a lengthy essay on the agrarian context of a long-ago ballad-singing community.”

—Roger deV. Renwick, professor of English, University of Texas at Austin

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Meet the Author

David Buchan (1939-1994) was a leading international ballad scholar.

James Moreira, director of the Maine Folklife Center, has published widely on the ballads of Canada, Norway, and the United Kingdom.

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