The Lass o’Glenshee is a traditional ballad which tells the romantic story of a young gentleman’s encounter with a simple shepherd girl on the hills of Glenshee. Although similar in many ways to the better-known song ‘The Road and the Miles to Dundee’ at the end of which the two lovers part for ever after exchanging tokens of affection, this tale has a happier ending, with the man persuading Jenny to become his wife. She is worried that her rustic appearance and ways will bring ridicule on them, but is eventually won over by his entreaties. In the words of the ballad, Jenny was ‘spotless and pure as the snaw robe o’ winter, when laid out to bleach on the hills o’Glenshee’.

Christopher Dingwall

(Ed. note: You can hear the Irish ban Altan’s version here: