The White Rose

300 Years of Jacobite Song

In 1996, a history teacher in Jerusalem asked Jill to put together a little collection of Jacobite songs. “No problem,” thought she, “I know there are a few in my archive.” A few days later, when she’d reached the number of 45 songs, she called a Scots friend about further leads. He predicted she might end up with “about 100”.

Becoming fascinated with what she uncovered, Jill soon found herself in the Mitchell Library in Glasgow (where she became something of a fixture for a couple of days) and the National Library of Scotland (Edinburgh).

The result is a volume of over 400 pages, containing the freshly-presented notation, texts and  (where relevant) new translations of over 300 songs. No collection of comparable size has been published since 1860; in fact, Jill’s collection is unique in that it presents songs not only from Scotland, but from all over the British Isles, including songs in Scots Gaelic, Irish Gaelic, Manx Gaelic and Cornish.

After a long hiatus, Jill is currently preparing the manuscript for e-publication. Covering over 300 years, this volume contains the largest compilation of Jacobite songs ever collected, including material in Scots Gaelic, Irish Gaelic, Manx Gaelic and Cornish.

Watch this space for details.