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Kenmure's On And Awa

  • (Robert Burns)

    Kenmure's on and awa', Willie
    Kenmure's on and awa'
    In truth he was thought the bravest lord
    That ever Galloway saw

    Success to Kenmure's band, Willie
    Success to Kenmure's band
    There's no a man that fears a Whig
    That rides in Kenmure's band

    Here's Kenmure's health in wine, Willie
    Here's Kenmure's health in wine
    There ne'er was a coward of Kenmure's blood
    Nor yet o' Gordon line

    Kenmure's lads are men, Willie
    Kenmure's lads are men
    Their hearts and swords are metal true
    And that their foes shall ken

    We'll live or die wi' fame, Willie
    We'll live or die wi' fame
    And soon wi' resounding victory
    May Kenmure's lads come hame

    Here's him that's far awa', Willie
    Here's him that's far awa'
    And here's the floo'er that I lo'e best
    The rose that's like the snaw

    Repeat 1

    (as sung by The McCalmans)

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  • [?:] The hero of this ballad was Viscount Kenmure, leader of the Chevaliers forces, 1715. He advanced as far south as Preston in Lancs., was there taken prisoner and marched to London. In 1716 he was tried and beheaded on Tower Hill. (Songs of Scotland?)

  • [1983:] Kenmure was one of the major generals in the 1715 rebellion. He was killed. (McCalmans, intro T 1)

  • [1986:] [In June, 1794, Burns and his neighbour John Syme] spent three days at Kenmure Castle, the home of the Jacobite Earl of Kenmure, who had taken part in the 1715 uprising. (Grimble, Robert Burns 118)

Quelle: Scotland

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