This short ballad by Pitlochry-born Alexander Fergusson tells a story similar to that in the traditional folk song ‘The Lass o’ Glenshee’. The story is likely to have been inspired by the five years which Fergusson spent as young schoolmaster at Blacklunans in Glenshee. The ballad tells of the writer’s chance encounter with a young lady one summer’s afternoon ‘when lambkins were playing and linties were singing’, of their flirting on the river bank, and of their marriage. The ballad tells of ‘a maid with whom Venus alone could compare … The queen and pride o’ the Braes o’ Mount Blair’.

Christopher Dingwall