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Old 07-20-2010, 02:24 PM   #1
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What is the meaning behind the title "Highland Harry"? Is it named after a person named Harry, or is it a name for a type of person, or....?
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Old 07-20-2010, 02:35 PM   #2
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The only "Highland Harry" that I know is the Strathspey. I just Googled "Highland Harry" and it turns out to also be a Robert Burns poem. Figure that.
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Old 07-20-2010, 04:59 PM   #3
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So it is! You can hear the song and lyrics here: http://www.chivalry.com/cantaria/lyr...and_harry.html

Thanks for the tip Gary!
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Old 07-20-2010, 09:09 PM   #4
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if it's a Burns poem, maybe he was 'Highland Mary's' brother. He wrote many poems about people so presumably that's just it, he knew a Harry fae the Hielans.
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Old 07-21-2010, 12:16 AM   #5
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I think it was broadly Jacobite based, masked in the usual way. While we're here though, who was "Knockhaspie"?
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Old 07-21-2010, 04:54 AM   #6
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I think it was broadly Jacobite based, masked in the usual way. While we're here though, who was "Knockhaspie"?
That would be the Laird of Knockhaspie - where that is seems to be unclear, could be Mossgiel in Ayrshire or Knockespok in Aberdeenshire, option 1 seems more logical
Seems it's a fair assumption that it's of Jacobean theme concerning a lost love in exile.
I assume Burns used Harry because it scanned nicely with Highland, not a particularly common name for a highlander you'd have thought...
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Old 07-21-2010, 10:07 AM   #7
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There is background on this song in this book on Google. It starts at the top of page 197 and will be seen to simply be a love song without Jacobite links.

http://books.google.com/books?id=uXl...don%22&f=false

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Old 07-27-2010, 12:13 AM   #8
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Well.....my wee Highland Granny.............always told me it referred to Charles Edward Stuart...........!!
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