Cam Ye By the Kirk (2) 1. Came ye by the kirk, Came ye by the steeple? Saw ye our guidman Riding on a ladle? Foul fa' the body, Winna buy a saddle, Wearing a' his breeks, Riding on a ladle! 2. Auld cutty pair, were ye at the fair? saw ye many people? Saw ye our guid man riding on a beetle? Shame tak his wrinkled face that woudna buy a saidle, Wearing a' his breeks riding on a laidle. ________________________________________________________ (1) Chambers PRS (1847), 180; (1870), 19; Ford CR 22; MacLennan SNR (1909), 34; NAE (1932), 14; Montgomerie SNR (1946), 83 (No. 98). A dandling song. (2) Maclagan GDA (1901), 256, from Argyll. A nursery parody of the Jacobite "Cam ye o'er frae France?", See CAMFRANC [Query: could the Jacobite song be an adaptation of an older bairns' rhyme?] Whelps = "Guelph", the family name of the house of Hanover. The Kittle Housie is Parliament; the Goosie is the scrawny mistress of George I, Madame Schulemberg, afterwards created Duchess of Kendal. (Another mistress, the corpulent Madame Kilmansegge, countess of Platen, created countess of Darlington, was called "the Sow", satirised in many songs, most notably "The Sow's Tail to Geordie", in Hogg, I.91, LV.) The blade who attempts to use Geordie's loom (a common sexual metaphor) is the Swedish gallant count Konigsmark, who had made advances (evidently not spurned) to Princess Dorothea, wife of the Elector; he disappeared in mysterious circumstances, and only when George II returned to Hanover after his father's death and had some alterations done to the palace was the body found--presumably strangled just after he left the Princess for the last time. Hogg conjectures that Montgomery's lady "may have been the lady of Lord James Montgomery, who was engaged in a plot in 1695, and who, it is likely, would be connected with the Jacobites." Bobbing John is certainly the Earl of Mar. Tune = Key to the Cellar (Bodleian MS., 1740), later in Niel Gow's 2nd coll. (2nd ed. 1803), as The Marchioness of Tweed- dale's Delight (3/2 hornpipe: d' l m l/d' l d' td'r't etc.). MS MS
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