The White Rose of Gask

The White Rose of Gask

The Life and Songs of Carolina Oliphant, Lady Nairne

Freeland Barbour

 
Date Published :
November 2019
Publisher :
Birlinn
Illustration :
color throughout
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781780276113
Pages : 176
Dimensions : 9.45 X 6.5 inches
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In stock
$21.95

Overview
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Carolina Oliphant, Lady Nairne, a contemporary of Robert Burns, wrote over 80 songs which enjoyed great popularity during her lifetime and still do so up to the present day. They are some of Scotland’s most famous traditional songs – including ‘Charlie Is My Darling’, ‘A Hundred Pipers’, ‘Will Ye No’ Come Back Again’ and ‘The Laird of Cockpen’. Despite their popularity, she shunned publicity and never acknowledged her authorship in her lifetime, even concealing it from her husband for a time. After her death, the publication in 1846 of her collected songs and poems as Lays from Strathearn revealed her secret.

Partly because of her lifelong reticence, details of her biography and her personality have remained little-known though her songs are famous, and this important Scottish literary figure has been neglected. Freeland Barber, a descendent of Lady Nairne, now presents a long-overdue biography and reassessment of her life and work, much of it based on research into family papers to which he has recently had access.

About The Author
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Freeland Barbour, born in Edinburgh and brought up in Perthshire, is one of Scotland's leading accordionists and has performed with many of the world's greatest traditional musicians. A BBC music producer for a number of years, Freeland has taught at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He runs a music publishing company and is the owner and former manager of Castlesound, one of the leading independent recording studios in the UK. He now lives in Edinburgh.

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