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Sons of Glencoe
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(14-10-2016, 02:59 PM)John Kelly Wrote: I was thinking the same as Jack about the second tune, Drew.  Gruinard Bay is famous as it was on Gruinard Island that the Government did the infamous anthrax tests during World War 2, releasing the virus on the unsuspecting sheep population!  The island was then quarantined for nearly 50 years, so hazardous was it reckoned to be, but hey, it was up in the Highlands between Gairloch and Ullapool, so who was paying attention?

Meant to add this in too;  I remember as a wee boy a song about the massacre of Glencoe and I have traced the poem it came from, I think.  This might well be the one which would fit the first tune you are talking about.  Here it is and you can see if the words fit the tune!

Lament for Glencoe
Mary Maxwell Campbell

YE loyal Macdonalds, awaken! awaken!
 Why sleep ye so soundly in face of the foe?
The clouds pass away, and the morning is breaking;
 But when will awaken the Sons of Glencoe?
They lay down to rest with their thoughts on the morrow,        5
 Nor dreamt that life’s visions were melting like snow;
But daylight has dawned in the silence of sorrow,
 And ne’er shall awaken the Sons of Glencoe.
O, dark was the moment that brought to our shealing
 The black-hearted foe with his treacherous smile.        10
We gave him our food with a brother’s own feeling;
 For then we believed there was truth in Argyle.
The winds howl a warning, the red lightning flashes,
 We heap up our fagots a welcome to show;
But traitors are brooding on death near the ashes        15
 Now cold on the hearths of the Sons of Glencoe.
My clansmen, strike boldly,—let none of ye count on
 The mercy of cowards who wrought us such woe;
The wail of their spirits, when heard on the mountain,
 Must surely awaken the Sons of Glencoe.        20
Ah! cruel as adders, ye stung them while sleeping;
 But vengeance shall track ye wherever ye go.
Our loved ones lie murdered; no sorrow nor weeping
 Shall ever awaken the Sons of Glencoe.

Hope this helps!

John

yes this is the song's words I have, the tune is a bit of a lament but cannot find it anywhere

cheers

Alcluith
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Messages In This Thread
Sons of Glencoe - by Alcluith - 13-10-2016, 09:19 AM
RE: Sons of Glencoe - by nigelgatherer - 14-10-2016, 09:09 AM
RE: Sons of Glencoe - by Alcluith - 14-10-2016, 11:42 AM
RE: Sons of Glencoe - by Jack Campin - 14-10-2016, 12:08 PM
RE: Sons of Glencoe - by Alcluith - 14-10-2016, 02:06 PM
RE: Sons of Glencoe - by John Kelly - 14-10-2016, 02:59 PM
RE: Sons of Glencoe - by Alcluith - 14-10-2016, 03:29 PM
RE: Sons of Glencoe - by John Kelly - 14-10-2016, 07:20 PM
RE: Sons of Glencoe - by Alcluith - 15-10-2016, 07:58 AM
RE: Sons of Glencoe - by Eric R - 15-10-2016, 04:47 PM
RE: Sons of Glencoe - by JAJ - 15-10-2016, 09:29 AM
RE: Sons of Glencoe - by Trish Santer - 16-10-2016, 08:09 AM
RE: Sons of Glencoe - by Alcluith - 16-10-2016, 08:41 AM
RE: Sons of Glencoe - by John Kelly - 16-10-2016, 10:53 AM
RE: Sons of Glencoe - by Trish Santer - 16-10-2016, 11:48 PM
RE: Sons of Glencoe - by Alcluith - 17-10-2016, 08:03 AM
RE: Sons of Glencoe - by John Kelly - 17-10-2016, 05:10 PM
RE: Sons of Glencoe - by Alcluith - 20-10-2016, 07:15 AM
RE: Sons of Glencoe - by John Kelly - 20-10-2016, 11:41 AM

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