#02827
Donald MacGillavry (James Hogg)
See also: Donald MacGilliavry (Navigators)
And also: Donald MacGillavry (Fine Crowd)

Donald's gane up the hill hard and hungry,
Donald comes down the hill wild and angry;
Donald will clear the gouk's nest cleverly,
Here's to the King and Donald MacGillavry.
Come like a weigh-bauk, Donald MacGillavry,
Come like a weigh-bauk, Donald MacGillavry,
Balance them fair and balance them cleverly:
Off wi' the counterfeit, Donald MacGillavry.

Donald's run o'er the hill but his tether, man,
As he were wud, or stang'd wi' an ether, man;
When he comes back, there's some will look merrily:
Here's to King James and Donald MacGillavry.
Come like a weaver, Donald MacGillavry,
Come like a weaver, Donald MacGillavry,
Pack on your back, and elwand sae cleverly;
Gie them full measure, my Donald MacGillavry.

Donald has foughten wi' rief and roguery;
Donald has dinner'd wi' banes and beggary,
Better it were for Whigs and Whiggery
Meeting the devil than Donald MacGillavry.
Come like a tailor, Donald MacGillavry,
Come like a tailor, Donald MacGillavry,
Push about, in and out, thimble them cleverly,
Here's to King James and Donald MacGillavry!

Donald's the callan that brooks nae tangleness;
Whigging and prigging and a'newfangleness,
They maun be gane: he winna be baukit, man:
He maun hae justice, or faith he'll tak it, man.
Come like a cobler, Donald MacGillavry,
Come like a cobler, Donald MacGillavry;
Beat them, and bore them, and lingel them cleverly,
Up wi' King James and Donald MacGillavry!

Donald was mumpit wi' mirds and mockery;
Donald was blinded wi' blads o' property;
Arles ran high, but makings were naething, man,
Lord, how Donald is flyting and fretting, man!
Come like the devil, Donald MacGillavry,
Come like the devil, Donald MacGillavry;
Skelp them and scaud them
that prov'd sae unbritherly,
Up wi' King James and Donald MacGillavry!

####.... James Hogg [1770-1835] novelist, essayist, poet, biographer and journalist from Ettrick, Scotland, UK ....####
James Hogg published the above lyrics in 1819 as #60, Donald MacGillavry, on page 100 of Hogg's Jacobite Relics Of Scotland Being The Songs, Airs, And Legends, Of The Adherents To The House of Stuart, Collected And Illustrated By James Hogg, Edinburgh: Printed For William Blackwood, Prince's Street And T Cadell And W Davies, Strand, London. MDCCCXIX. Oliver & Boyd, Printers. Hogg, in fact, passed off this example of his own work as a relic of outstanding merit and undoubted authenticity.

A variant was also recorded as Donald MacGillavry by Fine Crowd (Sucker For Good Company, trk#8, 1998 CD, Growler Music, St John's NL, produced by Joanne Coles, Jim English and Fine Crowd).


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A variant was recorded as Donald MacGilliavry by the Navigators (Sea Miner, Trk#4, 2009 CD, produced by Arthur O'Brien, recorded at the Iguana Sound Cave, and published by the Navigators).

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Definitions excerpted from The Online Scots Dictionary as well as postings made at the Scotland Discussion F-o-r-u-m of Scotland.com:
Gane - gone.
Gouk - gowk; the cuckoo; a fool.
Weigh-Bauk - balance beam; set of scales.
But - without; off.
Tether - restrain; halter; marry.
Wud - mad; insane.
Stang'd - stung.
Ether - adder.
Elwand - ell-wand; a measuring rod one ell long (here used as a metaphor for sword).
Sae - so.
Rief - plunder.
Banes - bones.
Thimble - finger-protector worn when sewing.
Callan - lad; youth; boy.
Brooks - allows.
Tangleness - indecision.
Whigging - dissenting.
Prigging - haggling.
Newfangleness - innovation.
Maun - must.
Winna - won't.
Baukit - held back.
Lingel - bind or sew with a cobbler's waxed thread; fasten; fetter.
Mumpit - lulled.
Mirds - flattery.
Blads - large portions.
Arles - thrashing.
Flyting - scolding.
Skelp - strike or hit with the palm of the hand; slap; smack.
Scaud - chastise; scald or scorch with hot liquid or steam.
Unbritherly - unbrotherly.



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