The History of Leith

October 20, 2012

The dreg song

There must have been fishermen in Newhaven even
in those early days of its history, for we find James IV
going with them to the oyster-dredging. As the fishers
were accustomed to sing songs while at work, and the
king was passionately fond of music, we may be sure
the ” dreg song ” was struck up on these occasions, for
” The oysters are a gentle kin’,
They winna tak unless ye sing.”

source-The Story of Leith

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