“The Bonnie Mason Laddie”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1930 (Ord)
Keywords: love courting work
Found in: Britain(Scotland)


"Simmer's gaun awa'... And the bonnie mason laddies They'll be comin' home... And the bonnie mason laddie He will marry me." The singer describes all the men she will not have (sailor, ploughman, blacksmith, weaver), "But I will hae the mason."


This is so like "Soldier Boy for Me" in lyrics and theme that at first I lumped them. I still suspect cross-fertilization, but this is sufficiently close-knit that I've split it off. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Ord, p. 108, "The Bonnie Mason Laddie" (1 text)
  2. Roud #5540
  3. BI, Ord108