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Bonnie Jean Cameron

  • (Trad / Alan McFadyen)

    Rare, O rare, bonnie Jean Cameron
    Rare, O rare, bonnie Jean-O

    Ye've a' hae heard tell o' bonnie Jean Cameron
    How she fell sick, and was like tae dee
    But a' that they could recommend her
    Aye was a'e blythe blink o' the Young Pretender

    And the doctor was sent for tae see in he could cure her
    Quickly he cam, he made no delay
    But a' that he could recommend her
    Aye was a'e blythe blink o' the Young Pretender

    Tae Charlie she wrote a very long letter
    Who were his freens, and who were his foes
    And a' the words were sweet and tender
    Tae win the heart o' the Young Pretender

    And scarcely had she sealed the letter
    When up flew the door, and in cam her King
    She cried to God, bade angels defend her
    Then she fell in the arms o' the Young Pretender

    Repeat 1

    (as sung by Mick West)

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1995:] This is from Ford's Vagabond Songs and probably concerns Jean Cameron of Glendessary who led 300 men of her clan to join Prince Charles Edward Stuart's army in July, 1745. The beautiful melody was written by my old friend Alan MacFadyen. (Notes Mick West, 'Fine Flowers and Foolish Glances')

  • [19??:] Jean Cameron was a strong supporter of the Jacobites, and was, at least in the song, in love with Prince Charles of Scotland, the "Young Pretender". She is buried in East Kilbride, near Glasgow, where there is a street called Mount Cameron Drive, named after her family. The words come from the collection "Ancient Scots Ballads" by George Eyre Todd. "Aye blythe blink" means something like "one kind, cheerful glance." (Notes 'Kornog'?)

  • See also Craig, Maggie: Damn' Rebel Bitches. The Women of the '45 (Mainstream 1997)

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