“Young MacDonald”


"He is young and fair and handsome, he's my fancy late and early..." Chorus in Gaelic. Love song to the young MacDonald who was brought up in Glengarry, fought battles, and is now off to Colorado.


[The version in Fowke/MacMillan is from] Mrs. A. Fraser of Lancaster, Ontario, who said she learned it from her brother-in-law, Mr. John A. MacDonald. MacDonald is one of the commonest names in Ontario's Glengarry county.

The [version in Fowke/MacMillan] has a mix of English and Gaelic lyrics, though the Gaelic has become too garbled to be correctly translated. - SL


  1. Fowke/MacMillan 54, "Young MacDonald" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #4536
  3. BI, FowM054


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1962 (Fowke/MacMillan)
Keywords: love battle travel
Found in: Canada(Ont)