A great number of songs include a ‘broken token’ as a reminder for the couple of their love. This is a Scottish version of a very widespread and well-known British song dating from the 1830s. The theme itself is a popular and much older one found in countless printed ballads, traditional tunes, books, poems and pubs, as one might expect of an island nation.
Click on a mosaic pic for a better view. You’ll certainly need it to read a ballad sheet of the song in the Bodleian Library and printed by Sanderson in Edinburgh.