“Mally Leigh”


An extravagant description of Mally's beauty and its effect on men. Men turn aside to see her; a countess "pines" for her; nobles "each one thocht his Kate or Moll a drab to Mally Leigh." Even royalty is not immune (but she is true to the man she loves)


Generally held to commemorate one Mally Sleigh, who is said to have married Lord Lyon Brodie in 1725. I know of no supporting evidence except widespread belief; Ford cites a manuscript of the song "subsequent to 1760." If Sleigh (or Brodie) had any subsequent influence on history, I do not know of it. - RBW


  1. Ford-Vagabond, pp. 176-178, "Mally Leigh" (1 text)
  2. Roud #6130
  3. BI, FVS176B


Alternate titles: “Mally Lee”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1904 (Ford)
Keywords: beauty courting
Found in: Britain(Scotland)