“When the Kye Come Hame”


The singer says "the greatest bliss" for shepherds when "his ewes are in the fold and his lambs are lying still" "'tis to woo a bonnie lassie when the kye comes hame ... beneath the spreading birch in the dell"


The cover to broadside LOCSheet sm1846 410220 states "Written by Hogg, the Etrick Shepherd Music by Wm Rogers." - BS

Cross references

  • cf. "The Blathrie O't" (tune, per broadside Bodleian 2806 c.14(123))


  • Bodleian, Firth b.26(194), "When the Kye Come Hame" ("Come all ye jolly shepherds"), John Ross (Newcastle), 1847-1852; also 2806 d.31(51), Harding B 11(4129), Harding B 11(4131), Harding B 11(3410), 2806 c.14(123), Harding B 11(4132), Harding B 26(670), Harding B 26(672), "When the Kye Come Hame"
  • LOCSheet, sm1846 410220, "When the Kye Come Hame," G. P. Reed (Boston), 1846; also sm1876 11358, "When the Kye Come Hame" (tune)
  • Murray, Mu23-y4:028, "When The Kye Come Hame," unknown, 19C
  • NLScotland, L.C.Fol.70(5a), "When the Kye Come Hame," unknown, c.1875


  • Willie Scott, "When the Kye Comes Hame" (on Voice20)


  1. Roud #12919
  2. BI, RcWTKCHa


Author: James Hogg (1770-1835) (Bodleian notes to broadside Firth b.26(194) and others; NLScotland commentary to L.C.Fol.70(5a))
Earliest date: 1822 (Hogg's novel _The Three Perils of Man_ and revised with music in 1823 in _Blackwood's Magazine_, according to NLScotland commentary to L.C.Fol.70(5a))
Found in: Britain(Scotland(Bord))