“The Maid of Bonnie Strathyre”


The singer wants nothing better "than to herd the fine cattle on bonnie Strathyre" with "Mary, the pride of Strathyre." He dances with Mary, and Flora with Colin. Others can go to the lowlands, or soldier far away, but he'll stay home with Mary


McBride: "The song originates in the beautiful vale of Strathyre in Perthshire.... It would seem to be a very localised ballad and it must have been imported by migratory workers who traversed between Insihowen and Scotland." - BS


  1. McBride 53, "The Maid of Bonnie Strathyre" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, McB053


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1988 (McBride)
Found in: Ireland