|: Oh where, tell me where, is your Highland laddie gone? :||
He's gone wi' streaming banners where noble deeds are done
And it's oh, in my heart I wish him safe at home
2. |: Oh where, tell me where, did your Highland laddie dwell? :|
3. |: Oh what, tell me what, does your Highland laddie wear? :|
4. |: Oh what, tell me what, if your Highland laddie is slain? :|
Dorothea lived with William IV, 1765-1837 for 20 years and had 10 of her 15 children by him before he went in search of a rich wife and finally got lucky becoming king for his last 6 years.
This song was published by George Thomson, 1757-1851, who paid F. J. Haydn in Vienna, 2 ducats each, for some 200 tunes, including Blue Bells of Scotland, to give the old folk tunes real class.
Thomson also talked a dozen or more English writers into writing new lyrics, cleaning up old ones or translating them out of dialect. Mrs. Anne Grant of Laggan has been mentioned as a possible editor/author/translator of Blue Bells.
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