Scots Sangs Fur Schools

Traditional and new Scots songs for use in Scottish schools


A lyric gem made by Paisley weaver-poet Robert Tannahill 200 years ago. This version comes from the singing of poet and playwright Andrew Tannahill, a descendant of the maker.

I will build my love a bower

By yon clear siller fountain

An aroon it I will build

All the flooers o the mountain


Will ye go lassie go

Tae the Braes o Balquidder

Whaur the blaeberries grow

Amang the bonnie purple heather

I will roam o’er glens

And bens sae eerie

An I’ll bring back the spoils

Tae the airms o my dearie

Noo it’s high Simmertime

An the flooers are a bloomin

An the wild mountain thyme

On the breezes perfuming

Whaur the deer and the roe

Lichtly bound a thegither

Sport the lang simmer days

On the Braes o Balquidder

Sung by Geordie McIntyre and Alison McMorland

There are many versions of the song, the tune and words can vary widely. Our transcribed tune comes from another version which begins,

Now the summer is in prime

Wi’ the flowers richly bloomin’,

An’ the wild mountain thyme

A’ the moorlands perfumin’, -

Will ye go, lassie, go

Tae the Braes o’ Balquidder?

Where the blaeberries grow

‘Mang the bonnie bloomin’ heather

Songs keep going back and forward between Ireland and Scotland. Many people think that the famous song ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ is a Scottish song. This song was made famous by a group called the McPeake Family, from Northerm Ireland, and some say that the song was made up by Francis McPeake 50 years ago.

But their song is clearly based on ‘The Braes O Balquidder’.