Killiecrankie


Whare hae ye been sae braw, lad! Whare hae ye been sae brankie O? Whare hae ye been sae braw, lad? Cam ye by Killiecrankie O? An ye had been whare I hae been, Ye wad na been sae cantie O; An ye had seen what I hae seen, I'th' braes o' Killiecrankie O. I faught at land, I faught at sea, At hame I faught my Auntie, O; But I met the Devil and Dundee On th' braes o' Killiecrankie, O. An ye had been whare I hae been, Ye wad na been sae cantie O; An ye had seen what I hae seen, I'th' braes o' Killiecrankie O. The bauld Pitcur fell in a furr, An' Clavers gat a clankie, O; Or I had fed an Athole Gled On th' braes o' Killiecrankie, O. An ye had been whare I hae been, Ye wad na been sae cantie O; An ye had seen what I hae seen, I'th' braes o' Killiecrankie O.

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Alison Peebles

About this work

This is a song by Robert Burns. It was written in 1790 and is read here by Alison Peebles.

Themes for this song

war jacobitism death

Locations for this song

Killiecrankie

Selected for 27 July

The battle of Killiekrankie was fought on this day in 1689 between troops loyal to King William III and insurrectionary forces led by James Graham of Claverhouse, 'Bonnie Dundee'. An Episcopalian and Jacobite, the dashing viscount inspired his men to victory but was fatally wounded in the decisive charge. This unexpected triumph of the first Jacobite uprising could not be repeated and the rebellion failed. The jaunty tone (and tune) and comical reference to fighting with, 'my auntie', suggest that Burns while celebrating a rare success for 'his' side could not sustain the expected glorifying note.

Donny O'Rourke

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