Andrew Lammie

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"Andrew Lammie" is Child ballad 233. It is said to record a historical event, with the grave of the heroine in the churchyard at Fyvie.


Tifty’s Annie falls in love with Andrew Lammie, a lord's trumpeter. Her parents refuse permission because he is poor. He has to leave, and although he has promised fidelity and to return, she sickens. Her family, set against the match, try beatings to make her give him up, but it is unavailing. They may send to the lord accusing Andrew Lammie of bewitching her, but the lord believes his claim that it was only love.

She dies, either of a broken heart or her back broken by her brother. Her father may repent of his insistence. Usually, Andrew Lammie dies soon after.


Album/Single Performer Year Variant Notes
The Bonny Birdy Ray Fisher 1972 Mill O'Tifty's Annie .
The Boys of the Lough The Boys of the Lough 1973 Andrew Lammie .
Song of the Seals Jean Redpath 1978 Mill O'Tifty's Annie .
Blood and Roses - vol 5 Ewan MacColl 1986 Andrew Lammie .
The Queen Among the Heather Jeannie Robertson 1998 Bonnie Annie and Andrew Lammie Probably the longest version - over 13 minutes.
The World's Room Old Blind Dogs 1999 Mill O'Tifty .
Alison Gross Asonance 2000 Krutý bratr Czech translation (Cruel Brother).
Laughing with the Moon Hilary James & Simon Mayor 2004 Andrew Lammie .
Women Folk Gordeanna McCulloch 2005 Mill O'Tifty's Annie .
Prodigal Son Martin Simpson 2007 Andrew Lammie .
Awkward Annie Kate Rusby 2007 Andrew Lammie .
A Health To The Ladies Craig Herbertson 2011 Andrew Lammie .

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