The History of Leith

May 30, 2006

An Account of the Life and Bloody Death of William Lawrie’s Dog

This ballad is the story of a dog that has a predilection for killing sheep rather than hunting wild animals, and which is eventually beheaded for its crimes. These are not the only Scottish verses to deal with the public execution of a dog: ‘The Dying Words of Bonnie Heck, a Greyhound in the Shire of Fife’ is an anonymous pastiche on broadsides that printed the supposed last speeches of condemned criminals. It is narrated by a greyhound that is about to be hanged. for more click here

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