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Tuesday, 6, May, 2008

Gallant Murray

Filed under: Poetry — williamthecoroner @ 14:58

Wha will ride wi’ gallant Murray
Wha will ride for Geordie’s sel’
He’s the flower o’ Glen Isla
And the darlin’ o’ Dunkeld
See the white rose in his bonnet
See his banner o’er the Tay
His guid sword he now has drawn it
And has flung his sheath away

Every faithfu’ Murray follows
First of heroes, best of men
Every true and trusty Stewart
Blythely leaves his native glen
Athol lads are lads of honour
Westland rogues are rebels a’
When we come within their border
We may gar the Campbell’s claw

Menzies he’s our friend and brother
Gask and Strowan are nae slack
Noble Perth has ta’en the field
And a’ the Drummonds at his back
Let us ride wi’ gallant Murray
Let us fight for Charlie’s crown
From the right we’ll never sinder
Til we bring the tyrants down

MacIntosh the gallant sodger
Wi’ the Grahams and Gordons gay
They have ta’en the field of honour
Spite of all their chiefs could say
Bend the musket point the rapier
Shift the brog for Lowland shoe
Scour the durk and face the danger
MacIntosh has all to do

Wha will ride wi’ gallant Murray
Wha will ride for Geordie’s sel’
He’s the flower o’ Glen Isla
And the darlin’ o’ Dunkeld
See the white rose in his bonnet
See his banner o’er the Tay
His guid sword he now has drawn it
And has flung his sheath away

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2 Comments »

  1. I have long been intrigued by Gallant Murray! Visualize, if you will the battlefield of Maiwand. Watson struck down by a Jezail bullet, and “lying in some corner of a foreign field”, when out of the smoke and general pandemonium comes this fearless fellow with a packhorse upon which he threw the good doctor’s prostrate form and returned him to the British lines. woo hoo!

    By this unselfish act, Murray, saved the life of Sherlock Holmes’ future chronicler. Without Murray, the world would have been a poorer place.

    I’m sure scholars of Sherlock have pondered this, what prompted him to risk his own life to bring in a lowly Assistant Surgeon? Perhaps it was that Murray was a Scot.

    The year 1878 was only about 120 years after the ill-fated Jacobite Rebellion of 1745. Two of the great Highland clans who came out in the ’45 were the Murrays of Atholl and the Buchanans. The Watson are a sept of Clan Buchanan so there was a common bond of kinship between these two sons of the heather which prevailed, even on the dusty plains of India.

    The motto of Clan Murray is “Tout Pret” (Quite Ready) and the motto of Clan Buchanan is “Clarior Hinc Honos”, Brighter Hence the Honour. Watson having been born and raised in England was probably out of touch with the loyalty and traditions of his forebears but Murray as a native Scot was not.

    Quite Ready, is the Murray motto and quite ready was Murray to oversee the welfare of his charge. It is readily apparent that Watson was very fortunate to have a man of such fortitude at his side.

    Comment by Lin — Tuesday, 6, May, 2008 @ 17:55 | Reply

  2. I’m a forensic psychology/addictions student in Michigan who has started to work on a thesis looking at tattoos and death. I was pleasantly surprised to see that you mentioned the topic. If you are who I suspect you may be, then you have also looked at/thought about looking at the relationship tattoos and death (unless I have you confused with some one else). I am absolutely desperate for help of any kind, even if it’s just a few minutes of guidance. Would you be willing to help me?

    Comment by Martin — Wednesday, 7, May, 2008 @ 15:47 | Reply


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