“The Banks of the Inverness”

Alternate titles: “Young William's Return”; “Young William's Denial”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1911 (Grieg)
Keywords: love courting separation reunion disguise
Found in: Ireland Britain(Scotland)


The sailor sees a girl sighing on the banks of the (Inver)ness. He asks her if she is available. She says she is engaged to Willie. He declares that Willie is "in cold irons bound" and will not return. She says she will remain faithful. He reveals himself

Cross references


  1. SHenry H205, pp. 319-320, "The Banks of the River Ness" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #3813
  3. BI, HHH205