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GUEST,Philippa Lyr Req: The Hielandmen Cam Doon the Hill (10) RE: Lyr Req: The Hielandmen Cam Doon the Hill 08 Feb 00


The lyrics given on the liner notes to "Seal Song" (Ossian album on Iona Records, Glasgow) are much the same as those given above. The second verse is absent and there are minor differences in the words and spellings (more dialect spellings such as 'Hielandmen' and 'doon'). In the last verse, 'chiels' is sung instead of 'Whigs'. The historical notes are as follow:

'From Hogg's "Jacobite Relics". This song refers to the Battle of Falkirk Muir (17th January 1746). In his notes to the song, Hogg says, "Hawley had vaunted that, with two troops of dragoons and no more, he would drive the Highlanders before him to the farthest corner of the country and into the sea, but behold, at the very first sight he got of them, a Jacobite storm sent him back with a jerk. The Highlandmen came boldly to the attack, but when their enemies wheeled and fled, they only took it for some sage manouvre, and expected to have the brunt of the battle to abide at the bottom of the descent. When they reached the camp, there was no enemy to be seen.

'"To hide his own cowardice, General Hawley wreaked his vengeance manfully on others. A number of private men were shot for cowardly behaviour, and a far greater number severely whipped for flinging down their arms and running off as soon as the Highlanders came in sight." '


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