The Muir o Culloden
Date 04 May 1970
Track ID 66020
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Track Information

Original Track ID

SA1970.079.A1

Original Tape ID

SA1970.079

Summary

Fragments of a Jacobite ballad in which the singer recounts how the Jacobite commanders disagreed about a course of action before the Battle of Culloden; the song ends with a lament for the dead and the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Item Notes

2 verses of 4 lines. This song derives from the poem 'Culloden' by George Murray (1819-1868), published in his collection 'Islaford' in 1845. Lizzie Higgins learned the slow air she used as the melody for this song from her father's piping.

See:
Greig-Duncan vol. 1, p. 333, no. 127
'Bothy Songs & Ballads' (J. Ord, 1930) p. 293
'Islaford, and other poems' (G. Murray, 1845) pp. 125-128
'Folk-Song of the North-East' (G. Greig, K. Goldstein & A. Argo, 1963 reprint) art. CXXIV, CXXV

Item Subject/Person

Stuart, Charles Edward [Bonnie Prince Charlie]

Recording Location

County - Midlothian

Parish - Edinburgh

Village - Edinburgh

Item Location

County - Inverness-shire

Parish - Daviot and Dunlichity

Village - Culloden

Language

English

Genre

Song

Collection

SoSS

Classification

R3777; GD127;