Our Brave Scotch Lads
DESCRIPTION: "Scotch soldiers true, wi' bonnets blue ... They made the Russians rue, man, The bold attack which they did make On Balaklava's plain." Many died in the Crimea "the Sultan for to save." "They made the heart o' Menschikoff To sink on Alma's heights"
EARLIEST DATE: 1907 (GreigDuncan1)
KEYWORDS: war death Russia
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan1 157, "Menschikoff" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
Bodleian, 2806 c.14(41), "Our Brave Scotch Lads" ("Scotch soldiers true, wi' bonnets blue"), J. Lindsay (Glasgow), 1851-1910
cf. "Scots Soldiers True" (shares first verse lines)
NOTES [74 words]: GreigDuncan1: "The fragment relates to the Crimean War. Prince Menshikov was the Russian Commander-in-Chief."
GreigDuncan1 is a fragment; broadside Bodleian 2806 c.14(41) is the basis for the description. - BS
For background on Menshikov/Menschikov/Menschikoff, and the Battle of Alma, see the notes to "The Heights of Alma (I)" [Laws J10].
This sounds to me as if it is built on the framework of "Tranent Muir." But that's just a feeling. - RBW
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