Tobar an Dualchais - Kist O Riches

The voices of the past ... brought to life through the latest technology - The speik o a bygane age ... gien new virr wi fantoosh technology
This website contains over 34,000 oral recordings made in Scotland and further afield, from the 1930s onwards.
The items you can listen to include stories, songs, music, poetry and factual information.


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Bonnie Prince Charlie © Tony Baggett-

The Battle of Prestonpans took place on 21 September 1745 and was the first significant conflict in the Jacobite Rising of 1745, which aimed to regain the British throne for the exiled House of Stuart. At Prestonpans the Jacobite army, led by Charles Edward Stuart ('Bonnie Prince Charlie'), defeated the Hanoverian government army commanded by General Sir John Cope.

After Prestonpans the Jacobite army marched on to England but decided to retreat and was ultimately defeated at the Battle of Culloden in April 1746, ending their dream of a Stuart monarchy.

The song 'King Fareweel' tells the story of the uprising and Andy Hunter sings a particularly fine rendition of it. Andy first heard three verses of the song from Jeannie Robertson and, after finding a broadsheet ballad version of it, he adapted it and added two verses of his own to give this version of the song.

Listen to 'King Fareweel'

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Julie Fowlis and Chris Wright were Tobar an Dualchais' Artists in Residence in 2012


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