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George Weir

Green is Flodgarry,
Blue is the sea,
Born here the lassie
tae guide oor Prince free

Westward the wild wind, high runs the sea,
Heaving the shallop by Broad Lea Eig Bay.
I have but one love; lass, trim the sail,
Ruin behind us, Loyalty as well.

Come ye young Raasay, hold fast the helm,
The Long Ship is heavin’ by Loch Scavaig Bay,
Come wi’ me lassie turn ye not hame,
Come where the west wind is kind tae its ane. 

Pull hard my heroes the eagle tae flee,
Doon by Loch Yuma the Tall Ship runs free,
Flora was taken doon by Portree,
Bound for the tower and maybe tae dee.

Footnote:  Like many of my fellow Scots I have always had an ambivalent attitude to Prince Charles Edward Stewart and his ill-prepared ‘adventure’ of 1745/46 but always admired the courage, stamina and resilience of his Jacobite followers, both men and women. One such was Flora MacDonald who 260 years ago this week (18 June 1746) met with Prince Charles in Skye and persuaded him to dress in woman’s clothing as part of an escape plan. Following helping the Prince, she was imprisoned for a year by the Hanoverians. In her honour we feature this fine song by Peebles baker George Weir who also composed ‘Liberty’.



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