“The Banks o' Deveron Water”


The singer goes out to take the air by (Deveron) water, and chooses "a maid to be my love." He says her equal is not to be found elsewhere, describes her beauty, and says he would not trade her for great riches. He hopes they will someday wed


Ord reports that this was written in 1636 by Alexander Lesley. However, there are signs of oral tradition, so I can't say with certainty whether Lesley originated or transmitted the piece. - RBW


  1. Ord, pp. 29-30, "The Banks o' Deveron Water" (1 text)
  2. Roud #3784
  3. BI, Ord029


Author: Alexander Lesley ?
Earliest date: 1930 (Ord)
Keywords: love courting river
Found in: Britain(Scotland)