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GUEST,Donal Lyr Add: O'Doherty's Farewell to Scotland (J Hogg) (12) Lyr Add: O'DOHERTY'S FAREWELL TO SCOTLAND (J Hogg) 01 May 03


Does anyone know anything about the song below? It is by James Hogg and what I
    am wondering is whether Hogg made the whole thing up out of his own imagination
    or whether there was an actual person of that name, he is called Malcolm in 'My Folk
    Song Book's' version from the McCalman C.D.
    Either Christian name seems very unlikely for an O'Doherty as does the broad Scots
    of the 'Farewell', given that he is called an Irish knight in the text. The only knight of
    the O'Dohertys that I know of was Sir Cahir, he who was baited into attacking the
    English at Derry and consequently lost his life and the clan lands

Sir Morgan O'Doherty's Farewell to Scotland.

Farewell, farewell, beggarly Scotland,
Cold and beggarly poor countrie!
If ever I cross thy border again,
The muckle deil must carry me.
There's but one tree in a' the land,
And that's the bonnie gallows tree:
The very nowte look to the south,
And wish that they had wings to flee.

Farewell, farewell, beggarly Scotland,
Brose and bannocks, crowdy and kale!
Welcome, welcome, jolly old England,
Laughing lasses and foaming ale!
'Twas when I came to merry Carlisle,
That out I laughed loud laughters three;
And if I cross the Sark again
The muckle deil maun carry me.

Farewell, farewell, beggarly Scotland,
Kiltit kimmers, wi' carroty hair,
Pipers, who beg that your honours would buy
A bawbee's worth of their famished air!
I'd rather keep Cadwaller's goats,
And feast upon toasted cheese and leeks,
Than go back again to the beggarly North,
To herd 'mang loons with bottomless breeks.

Reply to Sir Morgan O'Doherty's Farewell to Scotland.

Go, get thee gone, thou dastardly loon,
Go, get thee to thine own countrie;
If ever you cross the Border again,
The muckle deil accompany thee!
There's mony a tree in fair Scotland,
And there is ane, the gallows tree,
On which we hang the Irish rogues;
A fitting place it is for thee.

Go, get thee gone, thou dastardly loon!
Too good for thee is brose and kale:--
We've lads and ladies gay in the land,
Bonnie lasses, and nut-brown ale.
When thou goest to merry Carlisle,
Welcome take thy loud laughters three;
But know that the most of our beggarly clan
Come from the Holy Land, like thee.

Go, get thee gone, thou beggarly loon,
On thee our maidens refused to smile:--
Our pipers they scorn'd to beg from thee,
A half-starved knight of the Emerald Isle.
Go rather and herd thy father's pigs,
And feed on 'tatoes and butter-milk;
But return not to the princely North,
Land of the tartan, the bonnet, and kilt.


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