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This song tells the true story of the marital strife between Gilbert Hay, 10th Earl of Errol, and Lady Catherine Carnegie, who were married in January 1658. Catherine’s father had Errol sign a marriage contract promising to repay the paid part of the dowry should Catherine die childless. After more than a year of marriage with no issue, rumours began to surface that the Earl was unable to father a child. According to the ballad below, when Errol demanded the full dowry be paid, Catherine refused, and the couple went to court…

(Roud 96, Greig-Duncan 7:1366, Child 231)


from The Speaking Heart, released December 1, 2010
Trad. arr. Pringle/Wright [PRS-MCPS]


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Award-winning song duo drawing mainly from the rich vein of the Scots singing tradition, with a belief in letting songs breathe.

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