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. 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.