“The Blue Bells of Scotland”


"Oh where, please tell me where is your highland laddie gone? (x2) He's gone with the streaming banners where noble deeds are done...." He dwells in Scotland at the sign of the blue bell; he wears a plumed bonnet; if he dies, the pipes shall mourn him


The notes at the National Library of Scotland site attribute this to the Napoleonic Wars. There is no evidence for this in the versions I've seen (it mentions "King George," but there was a King George continually from 1714 to 1837). There is a song in the Scots Musical Museum which may be related, but that *predates* the Napoleonic Wars. - RBW


  • Murray, Mu23-y4:010, "The Blue Bells of Scotland," Sharp (London?), 19C; also Mu23-y4:029, "Blue Bells of Scotland," John Ross (Newcastle), 19C
  • NLScotland, L.C.Fol.178.A.2(083), "The Blue Bells of Scotland," unknown, n.d.


  • Inez Barbour, "Blue Bells of Scotland" (Phono-Cut 5198, c. 1915)
  • Ella Logan, "The Blue Bells of Scotland" (Brunswick 8196, 1938)


  1. Silber-FSWB, p. 280, "The Blue Bells Of Scotland" (1 text)
  3. Roud #13849
  4. BI, FSWB280A


Author: Annie McVicar and Dorothy Jordan (?)
Earliest date: c. 1915 (recording, Inez Barbour)
Found in: Britain(Scotland) US