“Bleacher Lassie o' Kelvinhaugh”


"As I went out on a summer's evening," the singer meets a pretty girl in Kelvinhaugh. He asks what she is doing, then enquires if she will go with him. She refuses; she is waiting for her love, gone for seven years. He reveals himself as the missing lover

Cross references

  • cf. esp. "John (George) Riley (I)" [Laws N36] and references there


  • NLScotland, L.C.Fol.70(24b), "Bleaching Lassie of Kelvinhaugh," Poet's Box (Dundee), c. 1890 [despite the title, the girl is called a "bleacher lassie"]


  1. Ord, p. 77, "The Bleacher Lassie o' Kelvinhaugh" (1 text)
  2. Roud #3325
  3. BI, Ord077


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1930 (Ord)
Keywords: love reunion disguise
Found in: Britain(Scotland)