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ROY'S WIFE
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                                                    Chorus:
                                                    Roy's wife of Aldivalloch,
                                                    Roy's wife of Aldivalloch,
                                                    Wat she how she cheated me,
                                                    As I came owre the Braes o' Balloch?
 

                                                    Davie Gordon o' Kirkhill
                                                    And Johnny Gordon o' Carshalloch;
                                                    Wat ye how she cheated me,
                                                    As we came owre the Braes o' Balloch?                                         

                                                    As we went toddlin' roond the Buck
                                                    It's Roy cam' breegin through the Balloch;
                                                    Weary fa' the faithless quean,
                                                    She's on the road to Aldivalloch.

                                                    As we went oot ayont the Buck,
                                                    It's she came in aboot the Balloch;
                                                    Roy's piper he was playin'
                                                    ' She's welcome hame to Aldivalloch'.

                                                    Though ye would ca' the Cabrach wide,
                                                    Frae Ordieton unto the Balloch,
                                                    Ye wadna get sic a strappin' quean
                                                    As Roy's wife of Alldivalloch.

Footnote: John Roy of Aldivalloch was married to Isobel Stewart on the 21 February 1727. Roy was considerably older than his wife who run off with David Gordon of Kirktown, providing the theme of the song. She was pursued by Roy and brought back after a chase over the Braes o Balloch. Margaret Roy, last descendent of the Roy's of Aldivalloch, whose death was recorded in the Banffshire Journal, January 1860, said that the song had been composed by a shoemaker in the neighbourhood of Aldivalloch.

 


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