The Bonnie Lass O’ Fyvie strathspey

Also known as The Bonnie Lass Of Fyvie, Peggy-O, Pretty Peggy.

There are 10 recordings of this tune.

The Bonnie Lass O’ Fyvie has been added to 11 tune sets.

The Bonnie Lass O' Fyvie has been added to 30 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Bonnie Lass O' Fyvie
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A|dd2e d3A|dd2e d3f|e2fg a2gf|e2A2 A3g|
f>efg a2 AA|dedB G2BB|A2d>d edcB|A2d2 d2 fe||
d>cde d2FG|A>BAF A3A|A2d>e fagf|e2A>B A3g|
f>efg a2 AA|d>edB G2BB|A2d>d edcB|A2d>d d3||
X: 2
T: The Bonnie Lass O' Fyvie
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|G>F GA G2 DD|G>F GAG3G|A2 Bcd2 cB|G2D2D3c|
B>A Bc d2 DD|G>A GE C2 CC|D2 GG AG FE|D2 G2 G3D|

Nine comments

Proper Scottish version

I’ve submitted this because it’s such a well-known Scottish tune and I think it ought to be on here, and because I really love playing it on the whistle. I play it lively with lots of snap. It also works as a march and is played by pipe bands.

This was hideously butchered by folkies in the 60s. If you’ve heard Bob Dylan or Simon & Garfunkel or the Grateful Dead singing Peggy-O, you haven’t really heard this tune. They were playing an American variant, which sadly seemed to have all the life sucked out of it along with the syncopation.

There’s a version on Youtube of the Dubliners singing it, and I think the song suits their more strident treatment rather than being any kind sensitive ballad.

folky butchers

yup, can’t deny it, but this rendition from the chad mitchell trio was my first hearing of it, and it has stayed with me now for nearly fifty years. gotta say it still stirs, though i appreciate the dubliners’ rougher sound. i certainly understand the story better in the mitchell trio’s setting.

Slightly odd link but…

This was used as entrance music for legendary pro wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper in the 80’s and 90’s in the WWF (as it was).

The version was what I guess you would call, ‘strident’, it was forceful and because of the character who used it, the tune usually meant, "oh, here we go, now it’s all going to kick off…"

Interestingly, the version they used switched to Scotland The Brave mdi-tune. This is my earliest recollection of bagpipe music and still sends shivers down my spine when I hear the WWF-recorded version.

I will look for a link later and post here.

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I think that’s the most amazing link to a tune ever.

Lass of Fyvie - Strathspey???


I first head this played as a march by the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Military Band & Pipes and Drums in front of Munich Town Hall in Summer 1979. They were introducced as being on both British and German Pop Charts with Amazing Grace.

On that day they did not play Amazing Grace, but they did play the Lass of Fyvie as a march.

I didn’t know it could be a Strathspey!

James Doyle,
Greven, Germany

It’s not a strathspey, - [although it could be played as such ] - it’s a march, but for various reasons explained elsewhere, there is no "march" category on this website. Consequently, marches are sometimes posted here under the "strathspey" category, and this is one instance.

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Re: The Bonnie Lass O’ Fyvie

It’s the first tune I learned on the Highland Pipes.