Brockie, William, Lucas, Joseph & Stuart, Charles.
The Gypsies of Yetholm: Historical, Traditional, Philogical, and Humorous [with] The Yetholm History of the Gypsies [and]David Blythe the Gipsy King A Character Sketch.
Publisher: J & J H Rutherford, Kelso;
Date of Publication: 1884
Stock Code: 11103
Three books bound together in one volume. Octavo. “Gypsies”: pp. vii, , 192, with frontispiece engraving of James Allan the Northumberland Piper and 2 plates; “Yetholm History” pp. , 152,  publishers’ catalogue,  blank,  ads, with frontispiece photograph of Esther Faa Blyth laid-on above facsimile signature, engraving of Kirk Yetholm and fold-out dialects chart; David Blythe pp. 27, 7 publishers’ catalogue,  blank, 16 further catalogue, with captioned frontispiece photograph of David Blythe laid-on. Publishers’ emerald green cloth with gilt titles and decoration to spine and decorative border in blind to boards. Canary yellow endpapers. Slight wear at spine tips and corners, and spine a little toned. Endpapers toned, with ownership inscriptions to ffep with addresses, in ink and initials to first title page; a little scattered foxing, aminly to prelims and final catalogue. Inner hinge cracked at Contents of “Yetholm History” but firmly holding. A Very Good copy.
Locally published at Kelso in the Borders, the Brockie’s subject matter is the history of the Faas, Youngs and associated gypsy families centred around Kirk Yetholm from the seventeenth century, while the focus of Lucas’ work is the language that they used and the Stuart is a biography of the “Gipsy King” David Blythe (1795-1883). The association of the families with Yetholm traditionally springs from a gypsy called Young who saved the life of Captain David Bennet at the siege of Namur; in gratitude Bennet built cottages and granted rights to the gypsy families at his home village of Kirk Yetholm. Rare.
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