The bard praises the nobility and bravery of Captain Angus MacDonald and asks God to protect his family. He uses the image of the tree, fallen and withered, in the song.
This lament was composed by Angus Campbell (Am Bàrd Sgallach) for Captain Angus MacDonald of Milton, South Uist. Angus was a kinsman of Flora MacDonald. He was drowned in Loch Aoineart, South Uist, in 1809, when his boat capsized while carrying kelp. His dogs tried to save him, but were actually the cause of his death.
'Folksongs and Folklore of South Uist' (Margaret F. Shaw ed., 1955) p. 102
'Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness' vol. XIV, p. 168
'The Uist Collection - The Poems and Songs of John MacCodrum, Archibald MacDonald, and some of the minor Uist bards' (Rev. A. MacDonald ed., 1894) p. 207