massacre of glencoe


Grangemouth, United Kingdom

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its aboot eleven o clock here in Scotland 12th of february, in about 4 hours frae now 311 years ago one of the worst atrocities tae take place in Scotland wid begin,, a detachment of militia who had been living with there hosts the macdonalds of glencoe were ordered by the British government tae fall upon their hosts and kill everyone below the age of 65..38 members o clan donald were murdered including the chief MacIan it wis a freezin cauld night

They came in a blizzard, we offered them heat
A roof for their heads, dry shoes for their feet
We wined them and dined them, they ate of our meat
And they slept in the house of MacDonald.

2. They came from Fort William with murder in mind
The Campbell had orders King William had signed
“Put all to the sword” these words underlined
“And leave none alive called MacDonald”

3. They came in the night when the men were asleep
This band of Argyles, through snow soft and deep
Like murdering foxes amongst helpless sheep
They slaughtered the house of MacDonald

4. Some died in their beds at the hand of the foe
Some fled in the night and were lost in the snow
Some lived to accuse him who struck the first blow
But gone was the house of MacDonald

O, cruel was the snow that sweeps Glencoe
And covers the grave o’ Donald
O, cruel was the foe that raped Glencoe
And murdered the house of MacDonald

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