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Annie Laurie

First line:
Maxwelton’s braes are bonnie
traditional Scottish
author of text
after William Douglas

The romance of Annie Laurie did in fact make a fine scenario for a substantial silent film by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (1927): she was born in 1682, the youngest daughter of Robert Laurie, who became the first baronet of Maxwelton three years later. The first verse was written around 1700 by William Douglas of Fingland, the rest is of later date. It was adapted by Lady John Scott, the composer of the glorious melody, which may be dated to 1834. In his Brother to the Ox (1940), the farm labourer Fred Kitchen recalled hearing a memorable account of the song, accompanied by concertina, melodeon, mouth organ and tin whistle, at a hiring fair on Martlemas (St Martin’s Day, 11 November) in about 1905, just when Vaughan Williams and Grainger were beginning their invaluable fieldwork.

from notes by Andrew Plant © 2019


The last rose of summer
Studio Master: SIGCD598Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 12 on SIGCD598 [4'22] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD598 track 12

Recording date
28 September 2016
Recording venue
Ascot Priory, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Matthew Bennett
Recording engineer
Dave Rowell
Hyperion usage
  1. The last rose of summer (SIGCD598)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: September 2019
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