The definitive edition of anna gordons work is the ballad repertoire of anna gordon mrs brown of falkland ed by sigrid rieuwerts the scottish text society fifth series 8 woodbridge boydell and brewer 2011 isbn 978 1 89797 632 6. Mrs browns lasting importance for ballad studies was assured from the moment child wrote in the advertisement to the first part of the english and scottish popular ballads no scottish ballads are superior in kind to those recited in the last century by mrs brown of falkland. The ballad repertoire of anna gordon later mrs brown of falkland has interested intellectuals folklorists and music collectors since before 1783 this was approximately the date at which a scholar and enthusiast for scottish music william tytler of woodhouselee requested of anna gordons father professor thomas. The ballad repertoire of anna gordon mrs brown of falkland edited by sigrid rieuwerts it is generally acknowledged that no scottish ballads are superior in kind to those recited by mrs brown of falkland 1747 1810. In the ballad repertoire of anna gordon mrs brown of falkland sigrid rieuwerts gives an account as to how the brown b an brown c manuscripts eventually coming under custodianship of the fraser tytler family at aldourie castle on south loch ness became lost for part of the 19th and 20th centuries
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