MS: 'O, for ane and twenty Tam'
- Robert Burns, Author
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Burns first included this song in the Scots Musical Museum in 1792. Writing to George Thomson two years later, Burns says, 'The set...in the Museum, does not please me; but if you will get any of our ancienter Scots Fiddlers to play you, in Strathspey time, "The Moudiewort," (that is the name of the air) I think it will delight you.' Apparently it did not, as Thomson did not use the tune in his publication of the song in the A Select Collection of Original Scottish Airs for the Voice.
Moudiewort, Burns favoured musical choice, was an old Jacobite tune composed on the death of William of Orange, who died after falling from his horse after it had stumbled over a mole?hill.