Young Folk The Bonnie Lass of Fyvie
There once was a troop of Irish dragoons
Come marching down thru Fyfie, O.
And the captain fell in love with a very bonnie lass
And the name she was called was pretty Peggy-o.

There's many a bonnie lass in the Howe of Auchterless
There's many a bonnie lass in the Garioch-o
There's many a bonnie Jean in the toon of Aberdeen
But the flower of them all lives in Fyvie, O.

O come down the stairs, Pretty Peggy, my dear
Come down frae the stairs, Pretty Peggy-o
Come down the stairs,bind up your yellow hair
Bid a long farewell to your mammy-o.

I never did intend a captain's lady for to be,
I never will marry a soldier-O
I never did intend to gae tae a foreign land
And I will never marry a soldier-o.

The colonel he cries, mount, boys, mount,
The captain, he cries, tarry-o.
O tarry yet a while, just another day or twa,
To see if the bonnie lass will marry-o.

Twas in the early morning, when we marched awa,
And O but the captain he was sorry-o.
The drums they did beat a merry brasselgeicht,
And the band played the bonnie lass of Fyvie-O.

Long ere we came to the Howe of Auchterlass,
Our captain we had tae carry-o.
And long ere we won to the streets of Aberdeen
Our captain we had tae bury-o.

Green grows the grass on bonnie Ethanside
And low lie the lowlands of Fyvie-O
The captain's name was Ned and he died for a maid
He died for the bonny lass of Fyvie-O.

Scots to English
braw = splendid

Fyvie = a small town in Aberdeenshire, which would have been a tiny place in 17th century when the song Bonnie Lass o' Fyvie  is set.
haut = haughty
maun = must
brasselgeicht = noisy road
birks = birch trees

The Bonnie Lass o' Fyvie (Roud # 545) is a Scottish folk song about a thwarted romance between a soldier and a girl. Like many folk songs, the authorship is unattributed, there is no strict version of the lyrics, and it is often referred to by its opening line There once was a troop o' Irish dragoons. The song is also known by a variety of other names, the most common of them being Peggy-O. [Wikipedia]

Thanks to Iain Macleod for information.


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