by Dugald Roy Cameron (MacGillonie/MacOllonie) of Tarbert, Ardnamurchan circa 1747. sung by The Lochies
Dougal Roy Cameron (MacGillonie/MacOllonie) (also known as Dughall Ruadh Camaran) was a soldier with Lochiel's Regiment. He and his father, Donald Roy (also a soldier in Lochiel's Regiment) were taken prisoner in 1746 by Hanoverian forces in Lochaber. They were both liberated on July 15, 1747. Before his capture, Dougal Roy learned of his brother's death, who was executed by a party of Grant's Independent Company near Muich, after he had surrendered to them. Some Camerons who observed the shooting from nearby stated that it was ordered by an officer on a white horse, wearing a long blue cloak (Grant of Knockando). Dugald Roy went looking for that man. He found his target near Loch Arkaig on August 31, 1746, but it wasn't Grant, rather Munro of Culcairn, who had borrowed the cloak. Interestingly enough, it was Culcairn who had ordered his men to burn Achnacarry on May 28, 1746.
In the heather 's my bed 'Neath the dew-laden trees, And though I'm in the green-wood I deserved not the ropes.
My bed's on the ground And uncovered's my plaid, Sleep has not come upon me Since I murdered Culchairn.
My hope rests in God, Though Lochiel has gone, I'll yet see him a colonel In Inverlochy down here.
Thou wast true to the Prince And his race, from the first, Though thou hadst never promised Thou didst give him true aid.
Not so did MacLeod, Who is now for King George, A manifest outcast 'Neath the shade of two cloaks.
Not so the warrior brave From Keppoch of the trees, Who charged down with his heroes, Unafraid on the field.
But when comes the young Prince With the Frenchmen to aid, Unthanked will be scattered The camp of King George.
And though I'm in a den, There's a glass in my hand, And I'll drink, and refuse not, A health to Prince Charles.
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