Robert Fergusson

Four Poems in Scots with translations into Gaelic by the Rev Roddy Macdonald


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1 Auld Reikie Robert Garioch 20:08

2 Seann Smùchan Coinnneach Dòmhnallach 17:56

3 The Tron-kirk Bell Robert Garioch 2:38

4 Clag Eaglais an Tron Coinnneach Dòmhnallach 2:52

5 Hallow-Fair Alec. MacMillan and Alexander Scott 4:55

6 Feill na Samhna Coinnneach Dòmhnallach 4:55

7 The Farmer's Ingle Alexander Scott 7:44

8 Cagailte an Tuathanaich Coinnneach Dòmhnallach 7:10

Running time on this CD 68:18

This CD features the Rev Roderick Macdonald's translations of these four poems by Robert Fergusson which are paired with our original recordings in Scots released in 1974 to mark the 200th Anniversary of Fergusson’s death.

This bilingual recording is another link between Scotsoun and the late Rev Roderick Macdonald.

We have also recorded Roddy's translations into Gaelic of The Preiching of the Swallow/Searmonachadh a' Ghòbhlain-Ghaoithe by Robert Henryson sscd 115; Max und Moritz in German by Wilhelm Busch (via the Scots translation Dod and Davie by Jim Annand) as Mac agus Mata sscd 114.

The portrait of Robert Fergusson is a detail from an engraving based on a drawing probably by a friend of the poet in the Cape Club mentioned in Fergusson’s poem "Last Will".

Allan Ramsay

Poems and Songs

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1 Commentary by Dr Alexander Law

2 Tune: The Broom o the Cowden-knowes leads into the introduction by Dr Alexander Law to the first group of poems

3 Elegy on Maggy Johnston (George Philp)

4 Elegy on Lucky Wood (Robert Garioch)

5 Lucky Spence’s Last Advice (Jean Faulds)

6 Song: Up in the Air (Louis Stewart with George McIlwham, flute)

7 Introduction to next two poems (Dr Alexander Law)

8 To the Phiz an Ode (Dr Alexander Law)

9 An Ode to Mr Forbes (Dr Alexander Law)

10 Song: The Yellow-hair’d Laddie (Anne Gilbey with George McIlwham, flute and Hugh MacGilp, fiddle)

11 Introduction to The Vision (Dr Alexander Law)

12 The Vision, verse I (Dr Alexander Law)

13 Intro verses VII–X (Dr Alexander Law)

14 Verses VII–X (Dr Alexander Law)

15 Intro verses XIII–XV (Dr Alexander Law)

16 Verses XIII–XV (Dr Alexander Law)

17 Intro verses XXVI–end (Dr Alexander Law)

18 Verses XXVI–end (Dr Alexander Law)

19 Tune: The Boatman (George McIlwham, flute)

20 Intro to The Marrow Ballad (Dr Alexander Law)

21 The Marrow Ballad (Robert Garioch)

22 Intro to My Peggy is a Young Thing (Dr Alexander Law)

23 Song: My Peggy is a Young Thing (Louis Stewart with Hugh MacGilp, fiddle)


1 Introduction by Dr Alexander Law the extracts

2 Act I Scene 1 Patie and Roger

3 Act I scene 2 Peggy and Jenny

4 Act II scene 1 lines 64–90 Symon and Glaud

5 Intro to Act II scene 3

6 Act II scene 3 Maud and Bauldy

7 Act II scene 4 lines 47–125 Peggy and Patie

8 Tune: The Lass o Patie’s Mill (Flute and Fiddle)

9 Intro Act III scene 4

10 Act III scene 4 lines 47–113 Sir William and Symon

11 Intro Act IV scene 2

12 Act IV scene 2 lines 112–221 Peggy and Patie

13 Tune: Jenny Nettles (Flute and Fiddle)

14 Intro Act V scene 3

15 Act V scene 3 lines 64–143, 199–end

16 Song: My Patie is a Lover Gay (Anne Gilbey with Hugh MacGilp, fiddle)



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Selected, read, and commented upon by Matthew P McDiarmid

1 Introduction to the Ballads 5:03

2 Introduction the The Douglas Tragedy 0:45

3 The Douglas Tragedy (Extract) 2:44

4 The Ballad of Clark Saunders 3:08

5 post remarks 1:27

6 Intro to The Wife o Usher’s Well 0:59

7 The Wife o Usher’s Well 2:44

8 post remarks 2:30

9 Intro to Tam Linn 1:15

10 Tam Linn 8:55

11 post remarks 5:41

12 Intro to Edward, Edward 1:54

13 Edward, Edward 2:55

14 post remarks 1:04

15 Intro to The Ballad of Sir Patrick Spence 1:48

16 The Ballad of Sir Patrick Spence 2:56

17 post remarks 2:37

18 Intro to True Tammas 1:10

19 True Tammas (Extract 1) 0:55

20 post remarks 0:37

21 True Tammas (Extract 2) 1:19

22 post remarks 2:30

23 Intro to The Battle of Otterburn 0:46

24 The Battle of Otterburn 3:05

25 post remarks 3:03

26 Intro to The Queen’s Maries 1:46

27 The Queen’s Maries 4:15

28 post remarks 1:34

29 Intro to The Twa Corbies 1:38

30 The Twa Corbies 1:24

31 Closing Remarks 0:53

Total running time on this CD 73:20

King James VI - Reulis and Cautelis


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1 The place of ". . . Some Reulis and Cautelis . . ." in Scottish Literature 28:49
written and read by Dr Morna Fleming

2 Comment on Pronunciation Options, defined by Théo van Heijnsbergen read by George Philp 1:39

3 Sonnet of the Author to the Reader Dr Morna Fleming 0:53

4 A Sonnet on the moneth of May Dr Théo van Heijnsbergen 0:46

5 Song, the first verses that ever the King made George Philp 1:10

6 Elegie sur le Despart de la Royne Marie retournant à son Royaume d’Ecosse by Pierre de Ronsard
read in Old French Dr James Steele 5:21

7 Elegy on the Depairture o Mary Queen o Scots until her Kinrick o Scotland
translaitit into Modern Scots by J K Annand George Philp 6:47

8 A complaint of his mistressis absence from Court George Philp 4:20

9 The Cheviot hills doe with my state agree . . . Dr Théo van Heijnsbergen 0:55

10 Although that crooked crawling Vulcan lie . . . Dr Théo van Heijnsbergen 0:47

11 A sonnet when the King was surprised by the Earle Bothwell Dr Morna Fleming 0:50

12 Another of the same Dr Morna Fleming 0:52

13 Another of the same George Philp 1:03

14 To the Queene, Anonimos Dr Théo van Heijnsbergen 0:46

15 A Sonett on Sr William Alexanders harsh vearses after the Inglishe fasone Dr Théo van Heijnsbergen 0:54

16 The Argument (of the booke) Sonnet George Philp 1:09

Total playing time on this CD 57:01

References: The Mercat Anthology of Early Scottish Literature (1375–1707) edited by R D S Jack and P A T Rozendaal published by Mercat Press 1997. Poems of James the Sixth of Scotland Scottish Text Society.

Acknowledgement: Ronsard’s French text is recorded by kind permission of The National Library of Scotland.

Scots translation (Elegy . . .) is included in the Scotsoun Makars Series tribute to J K Annand (sscd 103).

Specially recorded for The Ninth International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Scottish Language and Literature

Promoted by the Association for Scottish Literary Studies at the University of St Andrews, Fife August 1999