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Lyr Req: Lady Kilmarnock

the plumber 22 Jan 00 - 05:48 AM
GUEST,Peter F. from TLT 22 Jan 00 - 03:46 PM
the plumber 23 Jan 00 - 08:09 AM
GUEST,Peter F. from TLT 23 Jan 00 - 04:45 PM
Wolfgang 26 Jan 00 - 09:59 AM
the plumber 26 Jan 00 - 03:46 PM
GUEST,Jimmy 22 Nov 17 - 10:14 PM
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Subject: Lady Kilmarnock
From: the plumber
Date: 22 Jan 00 - 05:48 AM

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lady Kilmarnock
From: GUEST,Peter F. from TLT
Date: 22 Jan 00 - 03:46 PM

This is a farily complicated song in shape and structure and is not so easy to put down on paper. The song was written by George Formby, H.Gifford and F.E.Cliffe. To be honest the original song is not so great, many of the extra (and far more ribald, blue and X-certificate) verses are much more fun. cheers.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lady Kilmarnock
From: the plumber
Date: 23 Jan 00 - 08:09 AM

Thanks for the information on Formby's "when I`m cleaning windows" but I`m still desperate for lyrics of LADY KILMARNOCK Cheers The Plumber

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lady Kilmarnock
From: GUEST,Peter F. from TLT
Date: 23 Jan 00 - 04:45 PM

Oooops. Sent message to wrong thread. I don't know of a set of words for Lady Kilmarnock but presume there will be some connection with the town of Kilmarnock in Ayrshire, Scotland,home of Jonnie Walker whisky. There are also many connections with Robert Burns perhaps this Lady is mentioned in his writings. I am no expert unlike Burns who apparently was a success in every field he entered.

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From: Wolfgang
Date: 26 Jan 00 - 09:59 AM

Plumber, here's a song from the Battlefield Band Songbook. I'm not sure if it is the one you are looking for, but it is worth posting anyway.

(trad., music: Alan Reid)

Oh hawthorn tree, sweet hawthorn tree how oft I've watched thee bloom,
and left the fairest flowery lea to hail thy sweet perfume.
But where is he I used to meet beneath the drooping shade,
while softly fell the dewy scent upon his Lowland plaid.

Kilmarnock sought me for his bride, a noble brave and free.
What was a jewelled crown beside the love he gave to me?
I loved and was beloved again no blyther bride could be,
but now in sorrow I remain beneath the hawthorn tree.

Oh hawthorn tree, sweet hawthorn tree no more I'll hear him sing,
the loyal songs he sang to me on Scotland's royal king.
My lord upon a scaffold fell for Scotland and for me,
so here I lie just like to die beneath the trysting tree

It is believed that Lord Kilmarnock fought in the first Jacobite rebellion and was hanged in London.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lady Kilmarnock
From: the plumber
Date: 26 Jan 00 - 03:46 PM

Wolfgang Thanks for the lyrics. I had heard this song only once and remembered just bits and pieces. Lord Kilmarnock was indeed hanged for treason for the major part he played in the jacobite uprising.

Much indebted!! Plumber.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lady Kilmarnock
From: GUEST,Jimmy
Date: 22 Nov 17 - 10:14 PM

William Boyd, 4th Earl of Kilmarnock was executed on 18 August 1746 for his part in Bonnie Charlie's failed uprising. On his way to the gallow his son who fought for the crown. Stepped forward and offered his hat to his bareheaded father. They embraced and Lord Kilmarnock continued to Tower Hill.

Lord Kilmarnock left this note for a friend in Edinburgh.
: "Beside my personal debts mentioned in general and particular in the State, there is one for which I am liable in justice, if it is not paid, owing to poor people who gave their work for it by my orders. It was at Elgin in Murray, the Regiment I commanded wanted shoes. I commissioned something about seventy pair of shoes and brogues, which might come to 3 shillngs or three shillings and sixpence each, one with the other. The magistrates divided them among the shoemakers of the town and country, and each shoemaker furnished his proportion. I drew on the town, for the price, out of the composition laid on them, but I was afterwards told at Inverness that, it was believed, the composition was otherwise applied, and the poor shoemakers not paid. As these poor people wrought by my orders, it will be a great ease to my heart to think they are not to lose by me, as too many have done in the course of that year, but had I lived I might have made some inquiry after: but now it is impossible, as their hardships in loss of horses and such things, which happeened through my soldiers, are so interwoven with what was done by other people, that it would be very hard, if not impossible, to separate them. If you'll write to Mr Innes of Dalkinty at Elgin (with whom I was quartered when I lay there), he will send you an account of the shoes, and if they were paid to the shoemakers or no; and if they are not, I beg you'll get my wife, or my successors to pay them when they can......"
On his coffin was a plate with the inscription,
Comes de Kilmarnock
Decollatus 18? die Augusti 1746.
?tatis su? 42?.

In Kilmarnock's Howard Park to this day an area called "The Lady's Walk."   Edgar Allen Poe walked along "The Lady's Walk." some 64 years after.

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