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Bannocks O' Bear Meal


Bannocks o' bear meal, Bannocks o' barley, Here's to the Highlandman's bannocks o' barley. Wha, in a brulzie, will first cry a parley? Never the lads wi' the bannocks o' barley. Bannocks o' bear meal, Bannocks o' barley, Here's to the Highlandman's bannocks o' barley. Wha, in his wae days, were loyal to Charlie? Wha but the lads wi' the bannocks o' barley! Bannocks o' bear meal, Bannocks o' barley, Here's to the Highlandman's bannocks o' barley.

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Elaine C Smith

About this work

This is a song by Robert Burns. It was written in 1794 and is read here by Elaine C Smith.

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The song 'Bannocks o' bear-meal' first appeared in James Johnson's Scots Musical Museum in 1796. While these verses exist in Burns's holograph, it is likely that they are traditional and were collected by the poet for inclusion in Johnson's collection.

The song makes reference to the failed Jacobite uprising of 1745, lead by Prince Charles Edward Stuart (1720 - 1788): 'Wha, in his wae days, were loyal to Charlie?'. The Jacobites sought to restore the deposed Stuart dynasty to the Scottish and English throne. The Jacobites were defeated at the battle of Culloden in 1746, forcing Bonnie Prince Charlie to flee to the highlands. He eventually reached Europe and died in exile in Rome.

Pauline Mackay

Themes for this song

jacobitism nationalism

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