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.
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