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Notes on Whittingham Fair



Whittingham  Fair is a Scarborough Fair variant and is included under #2 in the Child cannon (The Elfin Knight). Child (1882-1898)CPB refers to Bruce and Stokoe's variant in vol II, p495. Bronson (1959-1972)BTT also has this variant (vol I, p19), but for some reason changes the key from  E Minor to G Minor.

Bruce and Stokoe don't give a source for this ballad, except to say that it is popular in the north and west of the county of Northumberland.

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