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Thread #123229   Message #3017952
Posted By: GUEST,Fiona
28-Oct-10 - 03:46 PM
Thread Name: Meaning: I'll dye my petticoat
Subject: RE: Meaning: I'll dye my petticoat
I recall that it was said that Mary Queen of Scots "dressed herself as a martyr... and dyed her petticoat red" before her execution. So, I've always thought that the song "Siuil a RĂșn" refers to the lady perceiving herself as a martyr for her husband's needs.

It is possible that red has been considered a brash color only in the past hundred or so years.