Cam' Ye By Atholl

Background:

This song relates to the area of Scotland where the McLaurins and MacLarens are from. You'll hear in the song that "I'll go to Appin ..." this refers to the Chief of Clan Stewart of Appin. Eventually, I'll put up more history, but the origin of Clan Stewart of Appin is that a nobleman, Sir John Stewart, met and fell in love with the daughter of MacLaren of Ardveche. They produced a son, who was legitimized at length by their eventual marriage, called Dugall. Dugall Stewart would be the founder and first Chief of Clan Stewart of Appin. The McLaurins (however spelt) have had a close relationship with the Stewarts of Appin ever since.

The other areas talked about in the song are all areas between the Appin area where our bunch of McLaurins are from and Atholl in Perthshire, near where the MacLaren areas of Balquidder and Strathearn are. (Strath means valley, the Earn is a river and Loch, so Strathearn is the Valley of the Earn). The Tummel is another river, Rannoch refers to Rannoch moor which is one of the more forbiding areas of Scotland.

Obviously, the star of this song is Prince Charles Edward Stuart. Called by some "the Young Pretender" (the old pretender being his father James VIII, son of King James VII/II). The prince landed in 1745, to put his father back on the throne. Supporters were called Jacobites after the Latin for James; Jacobus.  The Highlanders were very much in favor of this turn of events the Highland Army had much initial success. This song with many other was a rallying song to bring support to "Bonnie Prince Charlie" and his cause. (Charlie is actually a misunderstanding by the English of the Gaelic word for Charles; Tearlach. This sounded to their ears like Charlie.

Lyrics:

Cam ye by Atholl lad wi' the philabeg
Down by the Tummel or banks o' the Garry?
Saw ye the lads wi' their bonnets and white cockades
Down from their mountains to follow Prince Charlie

Follow ye, follow ye, whae wadnae follow ye?
Lang hae ye loved us and trusted us fairly
Charlie, Charlie, whae wadnae follow ye
King o' the hieland hearts, Bonnie Prince Charlie

I have but one son my gallant young Donald
But had I ten, they would follow Prince Charlie
Health to McDonald and gallant Clan Ronald
These are the men I can trust wi' my Charlie

Follow ye, follow ye, whae wadnae follow ye?
Lang hae ye loved us and trusted us fairly
Charlie, Charlie, whae wadnae follow ye
King o' the hieland hearts, Bonnie Prince Charlie

I'll go to Lochiel and Appin and kneel to them
Down by Lord Murray and Roy o' Kildarlie
Brave McIntosh he will fly to the field wi' them
These are the men that would die for their Charlie

Follow ye, follow ye, whae wadnae follow ye?
Lang hae ye loved us and trusted us fairly
Charlie, Charlie, whae wadnae follow ye
King o' the hieland hearts, Bonnie Prince Charlie

Down through the lowlands, down wi' the Whigamore
Loyal true higlanders down wi' them rarely
Ronald and Donald drive on wi' the broad claymore
Over the necks of the foes o' Prince Charlie

Follow ye, follow ye, whae wadnae follow ye?
Lang hae ye loved us and trusted us fairly
Charlie, Charlie, whae wadnae follow ye
King o' the hieland hearts, Bonnie Prince Charlie