The Broom Of The Cowdenknowes


This particularly lovely version of the song is 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, not far from where I live.

6 thoughts on “The Broom Of The Cowdenknowes

  1. 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

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