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The Campbells are coming


The Campbells are comin, Oho, Oho! The Campbells are comin, Oho, Oho! The Campbells are comin to bonie Lochleven, The Campbells are comin Oho, Oho! Upon the Lomonds I lay, I lay, Upon the Lomonds I lay, I lay, I looked down to bonie Lochleven, And saw three bonie perches play. Great Argyle he goes before, He maks his cannons and guns to roar, Wi' sound o' trumpet, pipe and drum The Campbells are comin Oho, Oho! The Campbells they are a' in arms Their loyal faith and truth to show, Wi' banners rattling in the wind The Campbells are comin Oho, Oho! The Campbells are comin, Oho, Oho! The Campbells are comin, Oho, Oho! The Campbells are comin to bonie Lochleven, The Campbells are comin Oho, Oho!

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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.

More about this song

The original song for, The Campbells are comin dates back to the 1715 Jacobite rebellion.

In the 1715 rebellion the 2nd Duke of Argyll, John Campbell, led the government forces against the Jacobite forces.

However, in this song, Burns alludes to the imprisonment of Mary Queen of Scots in Lochleven Castle in 1567.

In this instance, ‘Great Argyle’, is the 5th Earl of Argyll, who made an effort to rescue her.

Ralph McLean

Themes for this song

war jacobitism

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