Pibroch of Bonny Strathearn
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PIBROCH OF BONNIE STRATHEARN. Scottish, Air (6/8 time). A Major. A poem by Duncan Kippen (b. 1831) called "Bonnie Strathearn," sung to the tune "The Pibroch of Bonnie Strathearn," was printed at the beginning of Duncan Macara's Crieff: Its Traditions and Characters, with Anecdotes of Strathearn (1881). It begins:
I fondly would linger in Bonnie Strathearn,
In groves by the river's green banks I would roam,
And climb the proud steeps where the heather bells wave,
And cull the wild flowers of my own Highland Home.
The flowers bloom so fair round thy quiet rural cots,
The birds sing their love-notes in woodland and dell;
Thy green sylvan paths, and the scene from the hills,
Are treasured delights where fond memories dwell.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Gatherer (Bonnie Strathearn). Kerr (Merry Melodies vol. 2), c. 1880's; No. 435, p. 50.
Recorded sources: “Fiddlers Three Plus Two.”