“The Gallant Shearers”


As autumn brings on the shearing, the singer asks, "Bonnie lassie, will ye gang... To join yon band of shearers?" He promises to work hard for her -- e.g. if it is dry, he will still love her; if it is hot, he will still work, and she will remain his


This song and "The Band o Shearers" share a chorus and a theme, and are undoubtedly connected, though it's not clear which is older. But the feel of the verses is different enough that I follow Ord in splitting them, as does Roud. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Ord, p. 267, "The Gallant Shearers" (1 text)
  2. Roud #5593
  3. BI, Ord267


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