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Sutors o' Selkirk


Its up wi' the Sutors o Selkirk, And down wi' the Earl o' Hume; And here is to a' the braw ladies That wear the single sol'd shoon: Its up wi' the Sutors o' Selkirk, For they are baith trusty and leal; And up wi' the lads o' the Forest, And down we' the Merse to the deil.

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Gerry Carruthers

About this work

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

More about this song

'Sutors o' Selkirk' is a traditional song that Burns collected for inclusion James Johnson's Scots Musical Museum where it appeared in 1796.

It is thought that the song was composed for sutors who were recruited to fight at the battle of Flodden in 1513.

Pauline Mackay

Themes for this song

brotherhood war jacobitism

Selected for 15 June

To celebrate Selkirk's annual Common Riding, a poem in honour of that ancient Borders burgh, for long a wool town and particularly associated with the Battle of Flodden. Many 'souters' fought that day but only one, a man called Fletcher, returned from the disastrous defeat. Having waved a blood stained English flag around his head, he too then dropped dead.

Donny O'Rourke

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