“Pitcaithly's Wells”


"It fell aboot the Lammas time A fine time o' the year..." that the singer goes out and sees the girls "drink the waters clear." His eye lights on one in particular. He asks if she will marry; she refuses at first, but after a time of courting, consents


Ord reports a legend that this was written, perhaps c. 1700, by the Earl of Kinnoul in honor of Jeannie Oliphant of Pitcaithly. This sounds like the usual sort of pretty legend. - RBW


  1. Ord, pp. 133-134, "Pitcaithly's Wells" (1 text)
  2. Roud #5549
  3. BI, Ord134


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