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The Skye Boat Song

Traditional Scottish

Arranged by Ollie Lambert

6-parts - SSATTB


This late 19th century song recalls Bonnie Prince Charlie’s journey from the Outer Hebrides Island of Benbecula to the Isle of Skye as he evaded capture by government troops after his defeat at the Battle of Culloden in 1746. The lyrics were written by Sir Harold Boulton in the 1870s to a traditional air collected by Anne Campbelle MacLeod. It is said that MacLeod encountered the melody as she made the trip across Loch Coruisk. When the oarsmenbroke into a Gaelic rowing song Cuachag nan Craobh she remembered what she could and later transcribed the tune from memory.

The Skye Boat Song

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