From The Traditional Tune Archive
AKA and see "Boys in the Gap (1)," "Cat in the Hopper," "Lord Doneraile," "Straddle the Donkey," "When she cam ben (She Bobbit)," Scottish, Jig and Air. E Dorian (Kennedy): E Minor (Kerr): G Minor (Howe). Standard tuning (fiddle). One part (Howe): AABB (Kennedy, Kerr). Cockpen is located in the east of Edinburghshire, also called Mid-Lothian. The tune was originally "When She Came Ben She Bobbit" (or "when she came through the parlour, she curtseyed"), until about 1810 when it became known as "The Laird of Cockpen," after Lady Nairne's (Caroline Oliphant) words to it. The song was one of the ones selected by Queen Victoria for a recital by noted singer of Scots songs John Wilson, during her visit to Taymouth Castle in 1842. The tune can be found in the Davies Collection. Lady Nairne's lyric goes:
The laird o' Cockpen, he's proud an' he's great,
His mind is ta'en up wi' things o' the State;
He wanted a wife, his braw house to keep,
But favour wi' wooin' was fashious to seek.
Down by the dyke-side a lady did dwell,
At his table head he thought she'd look well,
McClish's ae daughter o' Claversha' Lee,
A penniless lass wi' a lang pedigree.
His wig was weel pouther'd and as gude as new,
His waistcoat was white, his coat it was blue;
He put on a ring, a sword, and cock'd hat,
And wha could refuse the laird wi' a' that?
He took the grey mare, and rode cannily,
An' rapp'd at the yett o' Claversha' Lee;
"Gae tell Mistress Jean to come speedily ben,
She's wanted to speak to the Laird o' Cockpen".
LAIRD O' COCKPEN full Score and Annotations and Past Featured Tunes
T:Laird o' Cockpen
S:Howe - 1000 Jigs and Reels (c. 1867)
D | (G>AG) B2B | AFF F2A | (G>AG) g2 g/g/ | f>dd d2 (d/e/) |
.f.B.d .f.e.d | .c.d.B A2 (B/c/) | d>ed d2c | (B<G) G2 |