Remains of Nithsdale and Galloway song: with historical and traditional notices relative to the manners and customs of the peasantry

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Published poetry collection
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Collector
Publication Date: 
1810
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414

"The collection Remains of Nithsdale and Galloway Song appeared the following December, of which Cunningham says that ‘every article but two little scraps was contributed by me’ (ibid., 79), a fact not discernible from Cromek's acknowledgement in the introduction of Cunningham's services in drawing ‘many pieces from obscurity’. The book, which contains interesting accounts in prose of the Scottish border peasantry, obviously by Cunningham, was favourably received, and the mystification as to the origin of the ballads was always transparent to some, especially Scott and Hogg. An article on this volume by Professor John Wilson in Blackwood's Magazine (December 1819) first drew public attention to Cunningham's poetical merits." (ODNB)

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