“Scarborough Settler's Lament”

Author: Sandy Clandenning
Earliest date: 1960
Keywords: emigration homesickness Canada
Found in: Canada


"Away wi' Canada's muddy creeks And Canada's fields of pine. Your land of wheat is a goodly land, but ah! it isna mine!" The Scottish settler thinks back with sadness to the home he left behind -- but awakes in Canada, "three thousand miles 'frae hame.'"


Sandy Clandenning settled in Scarborough (near Toronto) in 1840. He set these words to the first half of the tune "Of A' the Airts the Wind Can Blaw." It has also been sung to "The Irish Emigrant's Lament." - RBW

Cross references


  1. Fowke/Mills/Blume, pp. 94-95, "A Scarborough Settler's Lament" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Fowke/MacMillan 29, "The Scarborough Settler's Lament" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Roud #4521
  5. BI, FMB094