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The 'Scots Musical Museum' - Volume V, song 434, page 446 - 'Leezie Lindsay'

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Volume V, song 434, page 446 - 'Leezie Lindsay'

Introduction:
Verse 1:
'Will ye go to the Highlands Leezie Lindsay,
Will ye go to the Highlands wi' me
Will ye go to the Highlands Leezie Lindsay
My pride and darling to be.'
Image Rights Holder:
National Library of Scotland
Ref:
2614
Project:
754:Scots Musical Museum
Material:
Book
Dimensions:
129 x 211 mm
What:
The 'Scots Musical Museum' - Volume V, song 434, page 446 - 'Leezie Lindsay'
Subject:
The 'Scots Musical Museum' is the most important of the numerous eighteenth- and nineteenth-century collections of Scottish song. When the engraver James Johnson started work on the second volume of his collection in 1787, he enlisted Robert Burns as contributor and editor. Burns enthusiastically collected songs from various sources, often expanding or revising them, whilst including much of his own work. The resulting combination of innovation and antiquarianism gives the work a feel of living tradition.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-96) (song collector / composer / editor)
William Clarke (c. 1755-1820) (musical editor for Volume VI of the 'Scots Musical Museum')
Stephen Clarke (c. 1735-97) (musical editor)
James Johnson (c. 1750-1811) (printer / publisher / engraver / editor)
When:
Between 1787 and 1803 (first publication of the 'Scots Musical Museum')
Where:
The National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh
Background:
The 'Scots Musical Museum' is the most important of the numerous eighteenth- and nineteenth-century collections of Scottish song. When the engraver James Johnson started work on the second volume of his collection in 1787, he enlisted Robert Burns as contributor and editor. Burns enthusiastically collected songs from various sources, often expanding or revising them, whilst including much of his own work. The resulting combination of innovation and antiquarianism gives the work a feel of living tradition.
Description:
It has been suggested that the words to this tune were written by Burns but it was recorded at the time that Burns simply communicated the words to Johnson. It has also been suggested that the tune has a Highland origin, but there are very few demonstrable Highland characteristics displayed here. The words are also probably of Lowland origin. The surname Lindsay has strong connections with the south-west of Scotland and the song probably reflects the awareness of north-south divide across Scotland which industrialism was beginning to create.