The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond", or simply "Loch
Lomond" for short, is a well-known traditional Scottish
song (Roud No. 9598). It was first published in 1841 in
Vocal Melodies of Scotland.
This is the Irish variant of the song called "Red Is
the Rose" and is sung with the same melody but
different (although similarly themed) lyrics. It was
popularized by Irish folk musician Tommy Makem. Even
though many people mistakenly believe that Makem wrote
"Red is the Rose", it is a traditional Irish folk
There remains today a general debate is which is older
"Red Is The Rose" or "Loch Lomond", because one clearly
borrowed the other's tune. To date, no one has found
the answer, but Some of "older" Irish singers swear
that "Red Is The Rose" is the original. Others in
Scotland respond that tune had been well known in
Scotland since the middle of the 18th century as "Kind
Robin Lo'es Me". I do not know.
I created this arrangement for my friend Kathleen for
Viola & Celtic or Concert (Pedal) Harp.