As I cam o'er the Cairney Mount


As I came o'er the Cairney mount And down amang the blooming heather, Kindly stood the milkin-shiel To shelter frae the stormy weather. O my bonie Highland lad, My winsome, weelfar'd Highland laddie; Wha wad mind the wind and rain, Sae weel row'd in his tartan plaidie. Now Phebus blinkit on the bent, And o'er the knowes the lambs were bleating: But he wan my heart's consent, To be his ain at the neist meeting. O my bonie Highland lad, My winsome, weelfar'd Highland laddie; Wha wad mind the wind and rain, Sae weel row'd in his tartan plaidie.

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Blythe Duff

About this work

This is a song by Robert Burns. It was written in 1796 and is read here by Blythe Duff.

More about this song

The song 'As I cam o'er the Cairney Mount' appeared in the Scots Musical Museum in 1796. It is thought to be Burns's polite adaptation of a bawdy folksong.

That Burns also collected the bawdy original is apparent from its inclusion in The Merry Muses of Caledonia (1799).

There are numerous examples of Burns's adaptation of bawdy verse for polite originals and such renovations have produced some of Burns's most skilful and tender, folksongs. The most famous of these is Burns's version of John Anderson, My Jo.

Pauline Mackay

Themes for this song

love

Selected for 19 September

On this day in 1746 Charles Edward Stuart was in hiding on Skye, preparing to leave Scotland for the last time. 'L'Hereux', 'the Fortunate', was the ambivalently named vessel that would take him to the safety of French soil. Despite a thirty thousand pound reward, no Highlander had betrayed the fugitive prince. In this selection the lover's 'tartan plaidie' would soon be illegal in the aftermath of Bonnie Prince Charlie's defeat.

Donny O'Rourke

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