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Highland Laddie


SHE The bonniest lad that e'er I saw, Bonie laddie, Highland laddie, Wore a plaid and was fu' braw, Bonie Highland laddie. On his head a bonnet blue - Bonie laddie, Highland laddie, His royal heart was firm and true, Bonie Highland laddie. HE Trumpets sound and cannons roar, Bonie lassie, Lawland lassie, And a' the hills wi' echoes roar, Bonie Lawland lassie. Glory, Honour, now invite Bonie lassie, Lawland lassie, For freedom and my King to fight, Bonie Lawland lassie. SHE The sun a backward course shall take, Bonie laddie, Highland laddie, Ere ought thy manly courage shake; Bonie Highland laddie. Go, for yoursel procure renown, Bonie laddie, Highland laddie, And for your lawful King his crown, Bonie Highland laddie.

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This is a song by Robert Burns. It was written in 1796 and is read here by Multiple Readers.

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This performance was read by Blythe Duff and Jonathan Watson.

Themes for this song

jacobitism equality war royalty

Selected for 15 April

Today in 1746 was the eve of the Battle of Culloden. The defeat of Prince Charles Edward Stuart would bring disaster upon the way of life, language and culture of the Highlands, ending any threat to the Hanoverian rulers of Britain. Many a loyal and valiant 'Highland laddie', would perish in the next day’s conclusion to that doomed, romantic last campaign. And there were 'lowland lassies a plenty' too, who had hoped for a Jacobite victory.

Donny O'Rourke

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