Anna Gordon

Standard Name: Gordon, Anna
Married Name: Anna Brown
Used Form: Mrs Brown of Falkland
AG , later Mrs Brown of Falkirk, was known even in her lifetime as a collector and performer of ballads and traditional Scottish songs. She was the earliest performer from whom unprinted ballads were collected,
Perry, Ruth. “The Printed Record of An Oral Tradition”. Britain and Italy in the Long Eighteenth Century, edited by Rosamaria Loretelli and Frank O’Gorman, Cambridge Scholars Publishing , pp. 88-105.
the source for more than three dozen of those known today. Scholars are still debating (and may never reach a reliable conclusion) as to the proportion of the words, and the music, of these ballads that she herself wrote. The literary biographer Robert Anderson remarked that she writes verses.
Perry, Ruth. “Ballads”. The Cambridge Companion to Women’s Writing in Britain, 1660-1789, edited by Catherine Ingrassia, Cambridge University Press, pp. 210-25.
But even if—as she herself maintained—she was simply and solely passing on inherited material, then it was an inherited women's tradition, whose composition had been done by women in earlier generations.


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