“The Fair o' Balnaminna (The Lass Among the Heather)”


Singer meets a shepherdess and offers to marry her. She is happy at home with her parents. He asks for a parting kiss. They "kissed and kissed again" She approves and he will ask her father (or "she's his lassie" or they marry with "bairnies").


For the relationship between this song and Paddy Tunney's "Bonnie Lass Among the Heather," see the notes to the latter piece. - (BS, RBW)

Cross references


  • Bodleian, Harding B 11(331), "The Blooming Heather" ("As I was coming home"), unknown, n.d.; also 2806 c.14(60), "Blooming Heather"


  1. Morton-Ulster 4, "The Lass Among the Heather Oh!" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ADDITIONAL: John Moulden, Songs of Hugh McWilliams, Schoolmaster, 1831 (Portrush,1993), p. 15, "The Lass among the Heather"
  3. Gavin Greig, Folk-Song in Buchan and Folk-Song of the North-East (Hatboro,1963), XLIV, p.1, "The Fair o' Balnaminna"
  4. Roud #2894
  5. BI, UNFoBal


Author: Hugh McWilliams (source: Moulden-McWilliams)
Earliest date: 1831 (Moulden-McWilliams)
Found in: Ireland Britain(Scotland(Aber))