The Lass O’ Patie’s Mill reel

Also known as The Lass O’ Pattie’s Mill, The Lass Of Patie’s Mill, The Lass Of Paty’s Mill, The Lass Of Peaty’s Mill, The Lass Off Petty’s Mill.

There are 9 recordings of this tune.

The Lass O’ Patie’s Mill has been added to 3 tune sets.

The Lass O' Patie's Mill has been added to 33 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Lass O' Patie's Mill
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A|:G/F/E/D/ FA d>e fA|B/c/d/c/ B/A/G/F/ F2EA|
G/F/E/D/ FA d>e fA|1 B/c/d/B/ c/d/e/f/ d2dA:|2 B/c/d/B/ c/d/e/f/ d2de/f/||
|:g/f/e/d/ cA d/c/d/e/ fA|B/c/d/c/ B/A/G/F/ F2EA|
G/F/E/D/ FA d>e fA|1 B/c/d/B/ c/d/e/f/ d2de/f/:|2 B/c/d/B/ c/d/e/f/ d2d||

Seven comments

As played by Rob Gordon.

Robin Williams version in key D

In Robin Williamson’s book “Penny Whistle” he puts this tune half an octave higher in D major.

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Williamson version - postscript.

Addition to above - I play it on my G flute and it comes out as written above.

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Neal & Neal

T:The Lass Off Petty’s Mill
S:A Choice Collection of Country Dances
S:John and William Neal, c.1726.
F2 D2 F2 A2|{c}d4 “tr”A3 d|BcdB AFED|“tr”E3 F E2 AG|
FGAF D2 A2|{c}d4 “tr”A3 A|BcdB cdec|d5:|
fedc dBcA|{c}d4 “tr”A2 Bc|dcBA BAGF|“tr”E3 F E2 fg|
afge fdec|{c}d4 “tr”A3 G|FAGB Ad c/d/e/c/|d5:||

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Ramsay and Patie

The lass of Patie’s mill,
So bonny, blythe and gay,
in spite of all my skill,
Has stole my heart away.
When tedding’ of the hay
Bare-headed on the green,
Love ’midst her locks did play,
And wanton’d in her een.

Her arms, white, round, and smooth.
Breasts rising in their dawn,
To age it would give youth,
To press them with his hand.
Thro’ all my spirits ran
An extasy of bliss,
When I such sweetness fan’
Wrapt in a balmy kiss.

Without the help of art,
Like flow’rs that grace the wild,
She did her sweets impart,
Whene’er she spoke or smil’d.
Her looks they were so mild,
Free from affected pride,
She me to love beguil’d;
I wish’d her for my bride.

O had I all the wealth
Hopeton’s high mountains fill,
Insur’d long life and health,
And pleasure at my will;
I’d promise and fulfil,
That none but bonny she,
The lass of Patie’s mill,
Should share the same wi’ me.

Allan Ramsay (1686-1758)

[Wig-maker in Edinburgh who rapidly prospered. Joined the Jacobite “Easy Club” and there entertained his fellow members with his early poetry.

By 1718 he had given up wig-making and became a bookseller. In 1719 he published a volume of “Scots Songs” which soon ran to a second edition. Between 1724 and 1727, Ramsay published three volumes of collected English and Scottish traditional ballads, together with songs he and his friends wrote, under the title of “The Tea-Table Miscellany”. One of Ramsay’s own compositions was “The Lass o’ Patie’s Mill”, which can be found in William Thomson’s “Orpheus Caledonius”.]

Various stories are told linking “Pate’s Mill” in Newmilns, Ayrshire with the poem, but “Patie” is a recurring figure in Ramsay’s verse.

There are also claims that Patie’s Mill was in the parish of Keith Hall, near Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, and the ‘lass’ was the daughter of the miller “Black John Anderson”. This goes with the claim that the song is older than Ramsay’s version.