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The bonnie moorhen
The grouse season began on August 12th. But it was always open season on moor hens, at least metaphorical ones. The game bird hiding in the heather in today's poem is Charles Edward Stuart, the Young Pretender who was forced to go to ground after defeat at Culloden. James Hogg included this beautiful song in his 'Jacobite Reliques', commissioned by the Highland Society of London in 1817. Burns had previously lampooned its aristocratic members for their failure to oppose the Clearances.

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from Robert Burns the new songs album 5, track released August 21, 2021

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eddie cairney Scotland, UK

Eddie Cairney is one of the country's most prolific songwriters and Scotland's best kept songwriting secret with 58 albums to date and another 100 plus in the pipeline. He has written new music to almost all of Robert Burns works totalling 892 new songs. He writes in a great many genres, from folk to orchestral. He is also one of Scotland's most accomplished rock/blues piano players. ... more

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