The Rose of Ettrick Vale, or The Bridal of the Borders
The Rose of Ettrick Vale, or The Bridal of the Borders is a romantic comedy in three acts by Thomas J. Lynch, Comedian (fl. 1820-1830s)
The original text
First performed at the Queen Street Theatre Glasgow in 1824, and later performed in Edinburgh and at the Royal Aldwych theatre in London. The text was revised by James Aitken of the Drury Lane Theatre after Lynch's death, and was published in Glasgow by Dugald Moore and James Duncan in 1836. Published as a play in three acts, it is sometimes referred to as a comedy in two acts, in playbills and the like.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1861: Performed as a comedy in two acts in Grahamstown on 4 November by a Garrison company called the Amateurs of the Band (North Lincolnshire Regiment of Foot) with a cast consisting of W. Dansie (Red Ronald, the River, alias the Stranger), T. Paterson (Old Adam of Teviot), J. Davies (Albert, his adopted son), J. Chesters (Glenbrae, a hunter of the highland border), J. F. Gay (Guy o' the Gap), J. M'Kechnie (Wandering Steenie, a mindless rower), W. Allan (Brand o' the Brae), J. Mann (Black Wylie), T. Manion (Murdoch), B. Sheeran (Fergus), (the latter three were Freebooters in the pay of Red Ronald.) B. Buckley (Officer), J. Grennan (Laurette, "The Rose of Ettrick Vale"), J. Durney (Jessie, sister and Bridesmaid to Laurette), T. Smith (Amy, Jessie's sister and Bridesmaid to Laurette). Also performed was The Spectre Bridegroom, or A Ghost in Spite of Himself (Moncrieff). (For more on contemporary responses to the performances, see the entry on the North Lincolnshire Regiment of Foot)
1867: Performed as The Rose of Ettrick Vale, a "beautiful Scotch National Drama", on 15 June by the 9th Regiment in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town. Part of a Dramatic and Gymnastic Entertainment" which also included a "Gymnastics Display" and Le Bal Masqué (Ward).
Facsimile version of the 1836 published text, 
North Lincoln Sphinx Vol 1, No 9. November 13, 1861.
North Lincoln Sphinx Vol 1, No 10. Christmas Supplement, 1861.
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