“The Maid of Bonnie Strathyre”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1988 (McBride)
Keywords: love farming dancing Scotland nonballad animal
Found in: Ireland

Description

The singer wants nothing better "than to herd the fine cattle on bonnie Strathyre" with "Mary, the pride of Strathyre." He dances with Mary, and Flora with Colin. Others can go to the lowlands, or soldier far away, but he'll stay home with Mary

Notes

McBride: "The song originates in the beautiful vale of Strathyre in Perthshire.... It would seem to be a very localised ballad and it must have been imported by migratory workers who traversed between Insihowen and Scotland." - BS

References

  1. McBride 53, "The Maid of Bonnie Strathyre" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, McB053