Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


Glasgow Fair on the Banks of Clyde


This ballad recounts the arrival of a young Irishman in Scotland, ‘Where beauty shines on every side’. He encounters a young woman on the banks of the Clyde and after reassuring her that he is betrothed to another, and poses no threat, they walk arm in arm. As is so often the case in such ballads, however, the young man disappears after persuading the young woman to compromise her morals. With mass emigration to Scotland from Ireland during the years of industrialisation, references to Ireland were common in Scottish broadsides. for more click here

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