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WHURRY WHIGS AWA' MAN! Scottish, Air (2/4 time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The tune was played by a Highland piper in the army of Montrose during his defeat at Philiphaugh in September, 1645. In typical brave Highland fashion, the piper placed himself on a small mound near the river Ettrick and proceeded to play to rally his fellow soldiers until a bullet from the opposing side cut him down. He fell mortally wounded into the river and drowned, and ever after the spot has been known as Piper’s Pool. The song can be found in James Hogg’s Jacobite Relics, vol. 2, Song 32, p. 63) and begins:

Where are the days that we hae seen,
When Phoebus shone so bright, man?
How blythe and merry we hae been,
When ev'ry ane gat right, man!
But gloomy clouds do over-shade,
And spread wide over a' man;
Ill boding comets blaze o'erhead.
O whurry Whigs awa, man!

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