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Performer: Taylor, Charles
Place Collected: Oddington
Date collected: 21 Oct. 1912 and 24 March 1913
Collector: Carey, Clive

Charles Taylor was Clive Carey’s informant for the Oddington morris dances.

“Highland” Mary Campbell (1763-86) was one of Robert Burns’ loves, who inspired some of his poetry, particularly a song, ‘The Highland Lassie, O’. It seems they exchanged vows of marriage, upon which she returned to the West Highlands to arrange matters among her friends for their projected change of life. She returned to Greenock, “where she had scarce landed when she was seized with a malignant fever, which hurried my dear girl to the grave in a few days”.