The Baron of Braikley

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Title - The Baron of Braikley
Alternate Title - The Baron of Brackley
Contributors - Lucy Stewart
Reporters - Prof. Kenneth Goldstein
Item Person - Gordon, John; Farquharson, John

Summary - Fragments of the ballad 'The Baron o Braikley', in which the hero leaves his castle to fight his enemies and is killed; his wife is seen dancing with his killers.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:02:14
Date Recorded - 1960.04
Date of Content - 1666 to 1666
Language - English, Scots
Genre - Song
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 22458
Original Tape ID - SA1960.167
Original Track ID - SA1960.167.A14
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R

Classification - C203; GD234; R4017;

Recording Location:
  County - Aberdeenshire
  Parish - Old Deer
  Village - Fetterangus

Item Location:
  County - Aberdeenshire
  Parish - Aboyne and Glen Tanar
  Village - Etnach

Item Notes - 6 couplets (or 3 verses of 4 lines). The events in this ballad involved John Gordon of Brackley, near Ballater, and John Farquharson of Inverey, beside Braemar, though the exact details are unknown. One account relates that in September 1666, John Gordon impounded some of Farquharson's cattle, and when the latter attempted to retrieve them, an altercation ensued, which ended in the death of the 'Baron of Brackley'. Another account describes a similar end when Gordon tried to demand payment of a fine from Farquharson, and resorted to force, causing Farquharson to retaliate in self-defence.
Etnach is just off the Water of Tanar in Glen Tanar about six miles south-east of Ballater.
Greig-Duncan vol. 2, pp. 176-177
'Tocher' 23 (1976) p. 262
'Scottish Ballads' (E. Lyle, 1994) pp. 61-62
'Come Gie's a Sang' (S. Douglas, 1995) pp. 6-7
'101 Scottish Songs' (N. Buchan, 1962) pp. 78-79
'Scottish Ballad Book' (N. Buchan, 1973) pp. 82-83
'The Scottish Ballads' (R. Chambers, 1829) pp. 147-150
'Ballads of Scotland' vol. 2 (W. E. Aytoun, 1858) pp. 293-295
'Traditional Ballad Airs' vol. 1 (W. Christie, 1876) pp. 20-21
'A Collection of Scots Songs' (A. Munro & H. Henderson, 1972) p. 44
'Till Doomsday in the Afternoon' (E. MacColl & P. Seeger, 1986) pp. 177-179

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