Whigs Are A'Rinnin', The
DESCRIPTION: "Saw ye Holyrood? Saw ye him there? Saw ye him there? Saw ye him sittin' In his muckle chair? For the Whigs are a' rinnin' Rin, rin, rinnin', For the Whigs are a' rinnin' Fast awa' hame"
EARLIEST DATE: 1905 (GreigDuncan1)
KEYWORDS: nonballad political Jacobites
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan1 137, "The Whigs Are A'Rinnin'" (1 fragment)
cf. "We're a' Noddin'" [i. e. presumably "We're All Nodding"] (tune according to GreigDuncan1)
NOTES: The current description is all of the GreigDuncan1 fragment.
GreigDuncan1: "Holyrood is the royal palace in Edinburgh." - BS
According to McLynn: Frank McLynn, Bonnie Prince Charlie: Charles Edward Stuart, 1988 (I use the 1991 Oxford paperback edition), p. xix, the one real Jacobite occupation of Edinburgh came during the 1745 rebellion, The Jacobites took Edinburgh of September 17, 1745. Clennell Wilkinson Bonnie Prince Charlie, (Lippincott, no copyright listed but after 1932), p. 93, says that Charles went to Holyrood almost at once. So the likeliest date for this song, by far, is September 1745. - RBW
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