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'In Our Day...' Reminiscences and Songs from Rural Perthshire by Margaret Bennett


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'In our day...' Reminiscence & Songs from Rural Perthshire by MARGARET BENNETT: Life in the glens and villages of Perthshire is viewed through the eyes of shepherds, farmers, crofters, estate workers, housewives, gardeners, professionals, trades-people and children. They all share reminiscences, stories, games, sayings and rhymes in Scots and Gaelic, which have been recorded for this book. Excerpts of transcriptions have been woven together by folklorist Margaret Bennett who also draws strands from written records. Perthshire singer and tradition-bearer Doris Rougvie has also illustrated the book, which concludes with a selection of Perthshire songs. Along with several friends, Doris and Margaret have recorded all the songs for a CD enclosed within the book. A Grace Notes Scotland Collection.



  1. The Auld Hoose/Robyn Stapleton
  2. The Loch Tay Boat Song/Doris Rougvie with Margaret Bennett
  3. Busk, Busk Bonnie Lassie/Sarah Walker, Keith TMSA Festival 2010
  4. Huntingtower/Doris Rougvie & Joe Aitkin
  5. Queen Amang the Heat her/Sheila Stewart with Margaret Bennett & RSAMD students
  6. The Spring o' Twenty-Eight/Duncan A MacNab & chorus
  7. The Rowan Tree/Doris Rougvie & Margaret Bennett
  8. Luinneag/Rena Gertz, Margaret Bennett & RCS students
  9. The Land o' the Leal/Kirsty Law with Imogen Poropat & Eilidh Firth (Fiddles)
  10. The Braes Of Balquhidder/Claire Hastings
  11. The Lass of Glenshee/Alistair Iain Paterson on Piano with Margaret Bennett & RSAMD students
  12. The Laird o' Cockpen/Margaret Bennett & rainy day workshop Singers, Ecotay Perth Ontario, August 2010
  13. Will Ye Come Back Again/Craig Muirhead (Piano & Vocal) and Chorus
  14. Griogal Cridhe/ Margaret Bennett with Martyn Bennett
  15. The Freedom Come-All-Ye/Margaret Bennett & the TMSA at the Scottish Parliament 2007.


'Here is a book I can understand! It tells so many stories, and weaves the lives of different generations of the people of Perthshire together so simply, just as if you are sitting round the kitchen table with a cuppa and hearing them first hand! And it is the tellers voices that shine through clear as the sunlit Tay and sparkle with their precious memories, ordinary everyday memories, playground games, jokes and stories passed from ‘Mouth to Mouth, Eye to Eye and Heart to Heart’. This is a book that begs you to sit and listen… so go put that kettle on and find a cosy chair…listen to the songs that were born, created, inspired by the people and hills of Perthshire so that when you take a walk through this beautiful land you will be seeing /hearing it with new eyes and ears'.

As a Storyteller and  Singer living in Perthshire I want to thank Margaret and Doris for this gem of a book. The Oral tradition still lives, continues to have a voice and just waits for any opportunity to weave its spell, enchant us and simply spin a good yarn round the fire on a winters night and connect us with one another as human beings and our place in the world.

Claire Hewitt

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Folklore, Scottish Customs
Grace Note Publications
Paperback with a CD of Perthshire songs

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