A Fragment [When first I came to Stewart Kyle]


When I first came to Stewart Kyle My mind it was nae steady, Where e'er I gaed, where e'er I rade, A Mistress still I had ay: But when I came roun' by Mauchlin town, Not dreadin' any body, My heart was caught before I thought And by a Mauchlin Lady.

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Douglas Henshall

About this work

This is a song by Robert Burns. It was written in 1785 and is read here by Douglas Henshall.

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Set to the tune of ‘I had a horse, and I had nae mair’, this short song is believed to have been written about Jean Armour, who is the ‘Mauchline Lady’. ‘Stewart Kyle’ is a reference to the move which Burns and his family made to Lochlie in 1771-9. It was written before August 1785.

Ralph McLean

Themes for this song

woman man seduction

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