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In 1832 the Scottish ballad collector Peter Buchan of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, awarded an anthology of risqué‚ and convivial songs and ballads to a Highland laird. while Professor Francis James baby of Harvard used to be getting ready his magisterial variation of The English and Scottish renowned Ballads, he made enquiries approximately it, however it was once no longer made on hand in time to be thought of for his paintings. On his loss of life it used to be provided to the kid Memorial Library at Harvard. due to its unseemly fabrics, the manuscript has languished there ever considering that, unprinted, although now known and back, and some goods have every now and then made an appearance.

The manuscript has now been transcribed with complete annotation and with an advent at the compiler, his occasions, and the Scottish bawdy culture. It comprises the texts (without tunes) of seventy-six bawdy songs and ballads, in addition to a long-lost scatological poem attributed to the Edinburgh author James "Balloon" Tytler. Appendices provide info of Buchan's released collections of ballads. also, there's a checklist of story varieties and motifs, a thesaurus of Scots and archaic phrases, a bibliography, and an index. The High-Kilted Muse brings to gentle a long-suppressed quantity and fills in an exceptional hole in released bawdy songs and ballads.

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