The Pride Of Glencoe (Kenneth Peacock)

See also: Glencoe (MacEdward Leach)

As I went a-walking one morning of late,
Where nature's gay mantles the fields decorate,
I carelessly wandered where I did not know,
By the banks of a fountain that runs in Glencoe.

Like Erin's bold hero I had Mount Eagach won,
When a lassie approached me as bright as the sun,
The ribbons of tartan all around her did flow,
And her name it was Flora, she was the pride of Glencoe.

I said to her: "My pretty fair one your enchanting smile,
And your charming young features have my heart beguiled,
But if true affection upon me you bestow,
I'll bless the first hour that we met in Glencoe."

She answered, "Kind sir, it's your suit I disdain,
For I once loved a laddie, Macdonald by name,
He is gone to the wars about nine years ago,
And a maid I'll remain till he returns to Glencoe."

"Perhaps your Macdonald has slighted your name,
Or has placed his affections upon some foreign dame,
He may have forgotten for all that you know,
The lovely fair damsel that he left in Glencoe."

"Macdonald's true valour has been tried on the field,
Like his haughty young sister she refused for to yield;
If he never returns it is single I'll go,
And I'll mourn for Macdonald, the pride of Glencoe."

"Cheer up, lovely Flora, your trouble's all o'er,
For we will be married and we'll never part more,
The rude blast of war at a distance may blow,
But in peace and content we'll reside in Glencoe."

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an early 19th-century British broadside ballad, MacDonald's Return To Glencoe [Laws N39] American Balladry From British Broadsides (G Malcolm Laws, 1957). Also a variant of an early 19th-century British broadside ballad, Donald's Return To Glencoe, published by G Walker (Durham) before 1834, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Johnson Ballads 1641 ....####
Collected in 1951 by Kenneth Peacock from Howard Leopold Morry [1885-1972] of Ferryland, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Vol 2, pp.579-580, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

Kenneth Peacock noted that Glencoe is in Argyllshire, Scotland, the site of the infamous massacre of the Macdonalds in 1692. William III offered pardon to all Macdonalds who submitted to his rule, but when Captain Campbell and his men entered the valley and were hospitably received, they turned on the people and began massacring them. However, the weather was bad, and many of the Macdonalds escaped. The line in verse six referring to Macdonald's "haughty young sister who refused for to yield" possibly refers to this incident. The ballad is generally supposed to have been composed early in the nineteenth century when it was popular in England and Scotland. Many broadsides of it were printed, some even in America.

A variant was also collected in 1951 from a Mr McDonald of Fermeuse, NL, and published as Glencoe in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).


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