“The Crook and Plaid”


"O, I'll no hae the laddie That drives the cart or ploo... But I will hae the laddie That has my heart betrayed, He's my bonny shepherd laddie And he wears the crook and plaid." She praises his beauty, his kindness, and his faithfulness

Same tune

  • The Main-spring of Love (per broadside Murray, Mu23-y1:039)


  • Bodleian, Harding B 26(111), "The Crook and Plaid" ("If lasses lo'e the laddies, they surely should confess"), unknown, n.d.
  • Murray, Mu23-y1:039, "The Crook and Plaid," James Lindsay Jr. (Glasgow), 19C
  • NLScotland, L.C.Fol.70(45b), "Crook and Plaid," unknown, c.1890"


  1. Ford-Vagabond, pp. 58-61, "The Crook and Plaid" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. SHenry H617, pp. 45-46, "The Shepherd Laddie" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #5960
  4. BI, HHH617


Author: Rev. Henry S. Riddell
Earliest date: 1844 (Whitelaw; from tradition in Ford, 1899)
Keywords: love shepherd
Found in: Ireland Britain(Scotland)