Ref. 205 - Mary Of Argyll / Rothesay Bay / The Bonnie Wells O' Wearie / Haste Ye Back

a set of four Scottish airs arranged for accordion  
RH and LH notation with suggested couplers
duration:  4:41
suitable for self-improvers and teaching accordion.



Mary of Argyll The lyrics were written by Charles Jefferys (1807-1865) and thought to be set to an earlier Scottish ballad, although the tune is sometimes attributed to Sydney Nelson (1800-1862).  It is not known when it was first published but most likely during the 1850s as a ‘broadside’, a sheet of paper often printed on one side only.  It is understood that this particular broadside was printed by James Lindsay of 11 King Street, Glasgow, who operated a printers shop in Glasgow from the 1840s through to 1908. According to popular history, the ‘Bonny Mary’ here refers to 'Highland Mary' (Mary Campbell, 1763-1862), a Scottish dairymaid who was Robert Burns' sweetheart. She died tragically young at the age of 23.  The song is also known as ‘Bonnie Mary Of Argyll’.

Rothesay Bay  The town of Rothesay on the Isle of Bute has long been a favourite holiday resort on the Firth of Clyde.  Looking over its bay towards the Kyles of Bute may be seen the hills of Argyllshire – “the great black hills, like sleepin' kings”. The words of the song were written by Diana Maria Craik, neé Mulock (1826-1887) - born and brought up in England but who married a Glasgow man and lived in Scotland till her death – and the melody by Alfred Scott-Gatty (1847-1918).
A young girl sings of the finest harvest field above Rothesay Bay.  She once had a true love but he, her three brothers and her parents are all dead and she is now alone. She wants to join them but is consoled by the beauty of where she lives and works.

The Bonnie Wells O’ Wearie  The lyrics extolling the attractions of the Wells O’ Wearie are by Alexander Maclagan (1811-1879) and the music by J. C. Grieve (b. 1842).  The Wells O’ Wearie were situated at the southern end of Holyrood Park in Edinburgh. With a four-part harmony in the rousing chorus, this song was a great favourite for sentimental harmonising in public houses.  Published in 'Scots Minstrelsie' Vol. 6 (J. Greig, 1895).

Haste Ye Back  The origin of the tune for this popular Hogmanay song is unknown.  The lyrics are:

          Haste ye back, I love you dearly, call again, you're welcome here.
          May your days be free from sorrow and your friends be ever near.
          May the paths o'er which you wander be a joy to you each day.
          Haste ye back, I love you dearly, haste ye back on friendship's way.

          May the paths o'er which you wander be a joy to you each day.
          Haste ye back, I love you dearly, haste ye back on friendship's way.

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