“The Braes of Balquhidder (I)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1843 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(431))
Keywords: courting rejection elopement
Found in: Canada(Mar)


The singer asks a lass to "leave your father and your mither" and join him "on the braes o' Balquither" She refuses. He wins her over and she agrees to "leave acquaintance a' for thee"


This is not the poem/broadside of the same name by Robert Tannahill (1774-1810). That is a lyric: "Let us go, lassie, go To the braes o' Balquither." The singer will build her "a bower By the clear siller fountain" He describes their happy life in winter and summer among the moors "and the wild mountain thyme":

NLScotland, L.C.178.A.2(202), "Braes o' Balquhither," unknown, c.1880

Bodleian, Harding B 11(431), "Braes o' Balquhither" ("Let us go, lassie, go"), W. & T. Fordyce (Newcastle), 1832-1842; also 2806 c.14(84), 2806 c.14(36), Firth b.25(231), Harding B 11(429), Harding B 25(266), Harding B 11(3873), 2806 c.14(109)[partly illegible], Harding B 11(2422), "Braes o' Balquhither." - BS

Cross references



  1. Smith/Hatt, pp. 84-85, "The Braes of Balquhidder" (1 text)
  2. Creighton-SNewBrunswick 23, "The Braes of Belquether" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Roud #541
  5. BI, SmHa084