The Broom Of The Cowdenknowes


I recorded this particularly lovely version of the song a few days ago. It’s from an 1877 Scottish songbook of mine with a lost cover. Based upon a true story, The Broom Of The Cowdenknowes was first published in 1651. The shepherdess, banished from home by her parents, did marry her wealthy lover whose baby she carried, but was never truly happy away from Cowdenknowes, her home in Berwickshire.

Walter Baxter’s photograph is of the farmhouse at Cowdenknowes Mains.

6 Comments on “The Broom Of The Cowdenknowes

  1. A beautiful recording Ken, and a song I’ve never heard before.

  2. Many thank yous, Judith! There are several versions but this one’s been drifting through what I like to call my mind ever since I recorded it.

  3. I’ve had a great deal of pleasure from visiting song shepherd most mornings for almost as long as the site’s been up – so a huge thank you from me! x

  4. Lovely to hear this song again. I seem to recall you singing it many years ago back in Hertfordshire.

    • Well done remembering! Yes, it was a different version, at the Red Lion, Stevenage High Street! Thank you so much for writing Paul.

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