Document 817

The King Across the Water

Author(s): Andrina Connell

Copyright holder(s): Andrina Connell


Prince Charlie's siller coupit
When the navy reived his gawld.
His Chiels were wormed an wabbit
And Drumrossie Moor was cauld.
They didna seek yon field tae fecht
-Tho no frae cowrin fear -
Their staun had ayewise been the richt
Till O'Sullivan set them near.

The sleet drove snell intilt their face,
Five thoosan Jacobites,
Brave clansmen o the Highland race,
In the Butcher Dukie's sights.
Then Redcoats fired a cannon flood
Jist past that day's twaloor,
The River Nairn flowed red wi blood,
Through dreich Drumrossie Moor.

The Stuart cause was done and bye,
Wi pipes an tartan banned,
The prince went o'er the sea tae Skye
Then fled his kinrik land
Yet clansmen, wha could tell the tale,
Tho few survived the slaughter,
Lang raised a tassie toast tae hail
"The King across the water!"

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The King Across the Water


Text audience

General public
Audience size 1000+

Text details

Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 1996
Word count 142

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Author details

Author id 821
Forenames Andrina
Surname Connell
Gender Female
Decade of birth 1930
Educational attainment GCSEs/O-Grades
Age left school 15
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation Retired Civil Servant
Place of birth Johnstone
Region of birth Renfrew
Birthplace CSD dialect area Renfr
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Inchinnan
Region of residence Renfrew
Residence CSD dialect area Renfr
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Ships Draughtsman
Father's place of birth Port Glasgow
Father's region of birth Renfrew
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Renfr
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Housewife
Mother's place of birth Inverkip
Mother's region of birth Renfrew
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Renfr
Mother's country of birth Scotland


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English Yes Yes Yes Yes At all times
Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes When occasion arises