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Rev Alexander Geddes (1737-1802)

Oh! Send Lewie Gordon hame,
  An the lad I daurna name;
  Tho’ his back be at the wa’;
Here’s to him that’s far awa’.

    Ohon! My Hielandman;
  Oh! My bonnie Hielandman;
  Weel wid I my true love ken,
Amang ten thousand Hielandmen.

Oh! To see his tartan trews,
  Bonnet blue and laigh-heeled shoes,
Philabeg upon his knee,
  That’s the lad that I’ll gang wi’.

The princely youth of whom I sing,
  Is fitted for to be a king;
On his breast he bears a star –
  You’d take him for the god of war.

Oh! To see the princely one.
  Seated on a royal throne,
Troubles a’ wad disappear,
  Then begin the jubilee year.

Footnote: A song to celebrate the Jacobite victory at the Battle of Inverurie on 23 December 1745. The Jacobite forces were commanded by the hero of this song – Lord Lewis Gordon, younger brother of the Duke of Gordon. Lord Lewis abandoned a career in the Royal Navy to follow his clan’s Jacobite leanings and joined Prince Charles in Edinburgh during October 1745 and was appointed a member of the Prince’s Council. He was sent north to recruit men and also to collect arms and money. This he did successfully, although sometimes by drastic action , and raised a regiment of two battalions. At Inverurie the defeated Hanoverians were led by MacLeod of MacLeod and Munro of Culcairn andt the greatest piper in Scotland, Duncan Ban MacCrimmon, was taken prisoner by the victorious Jacobites. Ater Culloden Lord Lewis fled abroad and joined Prince Charles (‘The lad I daurna name’) in France. He died in exile in 1754.



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