The History of Leith

April 16, 2006

Abercromby’s Answer, or the Exchequer Garland. Another excellent New Song

This political ballad begins: ‘Ye Whigs of high and low degree, / Come pipe all hands on deck d’ye see, / And teach all the crew to sing out for me, / ‘Huzzah for Aber-crombie!’ A note below the title states that the ballad should be sung to the tune, ‘the Arethusa’, which is a traditional Scottish song dating from around 1730, and also the name of a poem by the radical poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley. Although there are no publication details included on this sheet, the reference to Jamie Aytoun suggests that it was most likely published in Edinburgh during the 1830s.for more click here

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