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    TnE groundwork of the following selection from the

    .Jacobite Songs and Ballads of Scotland, is a little

    volume published by Messrs. Griffin and Co. of

    Glasgow, in the year 1829, under the title. of "Jacobite Minstrelsy-with notes illni;tratiYe of

    the text--and containing historical

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    would h1we been greatly better in one, he added

    seventy-eight " Whig songs" that had no proper

    plact> in a Jacobite collection; and worse than all,

    he admitted effusions that bad no more reference to

    Jacobitisru, or the cause of the Stuarts, than to the

    siege t)f Troy. Among many thnt might be cited

    are the well known South Sea Ballad, " In London

    stands a famous hill," and the equally well known


    "There was a Presbyterian cat, Was hunting for his prey,

    And in the house he catched a mouse Upon the Sabbath day."

    .An idea of the Shepherd's humow, as well as of

    his e-ditorial fitness for his task may be gathered not

    only from the character of the pieces he a

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    is one of the best sonus that ever wcw made." To

    another-cc The Thistle of Scotln.nd "-he appemls

    the note-" This is a. modern song, anu the only oue

    that is in the volume to m.y krwwledge. It had

    uo right to be here, for it is a nationa~ not a .Jaco-

    bite soug ; hut I nseded it out of a whim to vary tlte tlwnw a little! "

    The collection published by Messrs. Griffin,

    was of much greater value, and less pretension, and

    was conscientiously and carefully edited by the lat~:

    Robert :Malcolm of Glasgow. As it did not profess

    to be exclusively devoted to the J nco bitism of Scot-

    land, but incluued that of the British Isles in gen

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    few English and Irish ballads that had fowtd their

    wa~ among the Scottish ones. He also emleavoured

    to distinguish the songs and ballads produced by

    th~ Jacobite l)ards and rhymers who were contem-

    pornrie.-:; of the actors in the two Hcbellions of 1 715

    and 17 45, and who witnessed the events which they

    celebrated or deplored-from the posthumous Jaco-

    bitisrn of such poets as Burns, Scott, Allan Cunning-

    ham and others, written three~quarters of a. century aftenvards. These effusions-good or bad, pathetic

    or humorous-are arranged chronologically; and

    all the modern Jacobitism-most of it written by

    men who had no sympathy with the causo, but who

    saw the beauty of its sentimental side as a vehicle

    for poetry-is inserted as an Appendix. Several

    ancient songs and ballads, not included in other col-

    lections, appear in this ; and although the volume

    does not claim to be a complete and exhaustive

    g.1thering of all the poetical disjecta membrce of the

    Jacobite sentiment of the last century-for such a

    work would be both voluminous and wearisome,-

    i t will, the Editor believes, be found to afford a fair

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    rural population, the literary anfl political element

    now provided by newspapers and leading articles.

    A volume of English Jacobite Minstrelsy collected

    upon the same principle, might be found equally if

    not more curious, as a contribution to the history

    of an important struggle long happily ended.

    LoNDON, September 1860

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    Introduction 1 Carle, an the King come 21 The Restoration 22 The Blackbird 2-! I ba'c nne Kith, I hn.'e nne Kin 25 My love he was o. Highland Lad 26 The Haughs of Cromdale 28 : Over the Seas ancl far o.wa 31 When the King comes ower the Water 32 You're welcome, Whig>;, from Bothwell Brigs 33 The Battle of Killicrank.ie 36-,

    Killicrankie (anotht?t c~:rston) . 3!r By Carnousic'::: ;tul1l \V;t's 40 There'll never he Peace lmtil Jamie comes Harne 41 This i:> uo my ain Honse 42 ~

    King Willi;un's March . 43 It was a' for our Ri~htfu' King 45 Willie the W ng 4 7 0 what's the Rhyme to Porringer 1 . 48 Willie Winkie's Testament 48

    On the Act of Succession 50

    Such a Parcel of Robrues in a Nation 53.> The Awkwar

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    Awa, Whigs, awa . 62 The Riding Marc . 64 The W t>c, Wee German Lai.rdie 65 The Sow's Tail to Geordie 67 The Rebellious Crew 69 Prince Fede . 72 The Cuckoo 72 Jamie the Rover 73 Jamie the Rover ( sec(jnd version) 75 The .Auld Stuarts back again . 76 .At Auchindown 77 Lochmaben Gate 78 Over the Seas and far awa 80 W eel may we a' be 82 Petticoats loose 83 0 what's the matter wi' the Whigs . 84 The Chevalier's Muster Roll 87 The Battle of Sheriffmuir 89 Sheriffmuir (second veraion) 97 Bogie Side ; or, Huntly's Raide 99 Up and warn a', Willie . 106 0 my King . 108 0 Kenmure's on and awa. 110 What News to me, Carlin 1 113 Derwentwater's farewell 114 The White Cockade us Here's a Health to the Valiant Swede 119 Come, let u.s wink a Health, boys 121 Perfidious Britain . 123 The Chevalier's Birth-day 125 Let Misers tremble o'er their Wealth 126

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    Somebody 128 ' Though Geordie reigns in Jamie's stead 129

    The Young Maxwell 130 Geordie W1.1elp's Testament 133 Whurry Whigs awa 136 The Wind has blawn my Plaid awa 142

    The Gathering of the Hays 143 The King's Anthem 146 Britons who dare to claim 148 Our ain Bonny Laddie 149 Gathering of Athol 151 Gathering of the M.acdonalds . 153 Come, let us be jovial 154 Gathering Rant 155 O'er the Water to Charlie 157 Maclean's Vl elcome 158 The Highland Laddie 159 To daunton me 161 To daunton me (second version) 162 Young Charlie is a Gullant Lo.d 163 Lewie Gordon 164 1

    Be valiant still 165 He c01w~s, he comes, the Hero comes 167 He's coming here . 167 Kane to the King . 168 Royal Charlie 170 Lowland Lassie 171 Now Charles asserts his Father's Right 174 Wha wadna fight for Charlie . 175 Charlie is my Darling 17S, Charlie is my darling (modern version) 17~


    Johnnie Cope Johnnie Cope (~fcond vtr~ion) Trancnt Muir Gladsmuir . The bonnie Highland Laddie . By the Side of a Country Kirk Wall To your Arms, my Bonnie Highland Lads The Mayor of Carlisle . The Battle of Falkirk Muir . The Highlandm('n crone down the Hill Bonnie Charlie Culloden Day On Gallia's Shore we sat and wept . The Tears of Scotland . You're welcome, (,''harlie Stuart Townly's Ghost Callum-a-glen Farewell to Glen-Shalloch The Frasers in the Correi The Highland Widow's Lament The Curses . The Exile's Lament The Jacobite's Pledge Prince Charles The Highlander's Lament Oh ! he's been lang o' coming The Earl of Kilmarnock's Lament Oh, how would be Young Charlie then Macleod's Defeat at lnverury . General Cope's Travels . The Hill of Lochiel


    \181' 483 185-190 193 197 199 201 203 207 209 209 211 213 215 217 219 221 223 224 227 228 229 229 231 232 234 235 237 240 241



    That Mushroom Thing called Cumberland 243 Cock up your Beaver 244 Lamcnt of old Duncan Skene of Clan-Donochic 246 The Lament of Flora M'Dnnald 248 Flora's Lament for Charlie 250

    ,/ The Highlancler's Farewell 251 Lenachan's Farewell 253 Will he no come hack again 1 254; Geordie sit.

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    Page There lived a Lass in Inverness 301 The lovely Lass of Inverness . 303 Derwentwater (a Fragment) . 303 Welcome, Charlie, o'er the Main 306 Turn the Blue Bonnet wha can 307 Wae's me for Prince Charlie . 308 Lament for the Lord Ma."twell 31 0 The W aea of Scotland 312 Donald Macgillavry 31 ~ Lochiel'a Warning 316 The Heath Cock . 321 Lochiel's Farewell 322 The Fate of Charlie 324)'( Drilmmoa8ie Muir 326 Strathallan's Lament 327 Prince Charles's Lament 328 The Exile to his Country 329 Harne, Ha.me, Harne 333 Scotland and Charlie 334 The Braes of Mar. 335 Lord NithBdale's Dream in the Tower of London 336 Bonnie Dunuee 340 Hurrah for the Bonnets of Blut\ 342 The Gathering of the Clans 344 The Chevalier's Lament 346 \Vha'll be King but C1larlit: 34 7

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    RcoTLAND is rich in the literature of song. Tlw

    genius of the people is eminently lyricaL Although

    rigiu in religion, aml often gloomy in flillaticisru,

    they have a finer and more copious music, afi'

    fonuer of olU romance and tradition, dance an


    glen-every strnth and loch-every river and stream

    -every grove and grassy knowe-every castle and

    almost every cottage, has its own particular song,

    ballad, or legend ; for which the colmtry is not so

    much indebted to scholars and men of learned leisure

    and intellectual refinement, as to the shrewd but

    hearty and passionate common people. Though Scotland has always possessed this character, ospeci

    ally in the Lowlands, where the English language is spoken-for the modern Scottish dialect is but a

    variety of the old English-the existing songs and ballads, which it has been the business and the plea-

    sure of antiquaries to collect and preserve, are not of a very ancient date. Many of the ballads may be

    ancient in subject and in name, but in their present

    form the