“The Bonnie Lass of Fyvie (Pretty Peggy-O)”

Alternate titles: “Pretty Peggy of Derby”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1839 (broadside, Bodleian 2806 c.16(125))
Keywords: love courting soldier hardheartedness rejection death
Found in: Britain(Scotland(Aber)) US(Ap,SE,So)


A troop of soldiers comes to town. The (captain) falls in love with (Peggy). He asks her to marry; she says she will never marry a soldier. When ordered to leave, he asks more time to persuade her. It is denied. He departs, and dies for love




  1. Ford-Vagabond, pp. 121-123, "Bonnie Barbara, O" (1 text)
  2. Ord, pp. 304-305, "The Bonnie Lass o' Fyvie" (1 text)
  3. Belden, p. 169, "Pretty Peggy O" (1 text)
  4. BrownIII 381, "Pretty Peggy" (1 text)
  5. Hudson 49, pp. 165-166, "Pretty Peggy-O" (1 text)
  6. SharpAp 95, "Pretty Peggy O" (4 texts, 4 tunes)
  7. Scott-BoA, pp. 20-22, "The Bonnie Lass o' Fyvie" (1 text, 1 tune)
  8. Silber-FSWB, p. 282, "Peggy-O" (1 text)
  9. DT, FYVIOLAS* FENARLAS* FYVIOLS2 (FYVINOTE -- background notes)
  10. Roud #545
  11. BI, SBoA020