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GUEST,Allan Con Lyr Add: You Jacobites by Name (31) RE: Lyr Add: You Jacobites by name 07 Jan 11

"Since Burns was born almost 14 years after the final defeat of the Jacobite army at Culloden, I'm wondering whom he was addressing in this song?"

He's simply writing in a Whig persona condemning the rebellion of old. He more often wrote in a Jacobite persona. Or sometimes as a neutral bystander "Battle of Sharramuir"

Quite a lot (let's face it probably most) Jacobite songs don't come from the jacobite period itself. Once the events were out of the way later writers even than Burns (for eg Hogg and Scott) glamorised the events and wrote songs about them.

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