“The Laird o Drum”


The Laird o Drum, instead of wooing a noble lady, chooses to court a poor working girl. All his relatives oppose this, but he notes that the girl is willing to work; instead of costing him money (as his previous wife did), she will help him earn it


Bodleian, 2806 c.11(7), "The Laird o' Drum" ("The laird o' Drum is a hunting gane"), unknown, n.d. could not be downloaded and verified. - BS

Historical references

  • 1665-1710 - Life of Margaret Coutts, second wife of Alexander Irvine of Drum (previously married, in 1643, to Mary Gordon of Huntley. Drum died in 1687)


  • Lucy Stewart, "The Laird o' Drum" (on FSBBAL2) (on LStewart1)


  1. Child 236, "The Laird o Drum" (6 texts)
  2. Bronson 36, "The Laird o Drum" (26 versions+1 in addenda)
  3. Dixon VIII, pp. 53-56, "The Laird o' Drum" (1 text)
  4. BarryEckstormSmyth pp. 300-303, "The Laird of Drum" (1 text with variants, 1 tune) {Bronson's #26}
  5. Creighton-Maritime, p. 28, "The Laird O'Drum" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Ford-Vagabond, pp. 4-9, "The Laird o' Drum" (1 text, 1 tune) {Bronson's #1}
  7. DT 236, LAIRDDRM*
  8. Roud #247
  9. BI, C236


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1803 (Skene ms.; cf. Herd 1776)
Keywords: courting poverty
Found in: Britain(Scotland(Aber,Bord)) US(NE) Canada(Mar)