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The Maniac [&] The Chevalier?s Lament, After the battle of Culloden.

Author Rushton, Edward & Burns, Robert.
Title The Maniac [&] The Chevalier?s Lament, After the battle of Culloden.
Imprint [Scotland?: s.n.]
Date of Publication 1800?
Language English
Notes An unrecorded broadside, possibly printed in Scotland, containing early appearances in print of two songs relating to failed uprisings in the British Isles. The first song in the broadside 'The Maniac' is better known under the title 'Mary le More'. It was written by the radical Liverpool poet Edward Rushton (1756-1814), and describes the brutal reprisals after the United Irishmen's unsuccessful rising in 1798. It is first recorded in print in 1800 and appears in a number of later 19th-century broadside ballads in the Library's collections. 'The Chevalier?s Lament' was written by Robert Burns in the voice of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, it contrasts the joy felt at the coming of spring with the ruin that defeat at Culloden brought to the Prince's supporters. Burns wrote the opening stanza in 1788 and added a second one probably later that same year. The song first appeared in print in 1799, three years after Burns's death. This printing has a number orthographical and textual differences compared to both the manuscript copy of the poem preserved in Burns's second commonplace book and to other early recorded printings.
Shelfmark AP.6.217.01
Reference Sources Burns and Broadside Publication "The Chevalier's Lament" at auction in Macon, Georgia by Patrick Scott, edited by Frank R. Shaw, FSA Scot. http://www.electricscotland.com/familytree/frank/burns_lives247.htm
Acquired on 09/01/17
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