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Poem by Robert Burns titled 'Bannockburn - Bruce to his troops' (page 1 of 2)

Introduction:
This is the second version of the Poem which Burns sent to Thomson on September 8th 1793 set to the tune Lewis Gordon having argued with him about which tune should be used. Burns had at first proposed a tune 'Hey Tuttie Tattie' with which Thomson had disapproved. Later after Burns's death he changed his mind. (poem no 425)
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT348A
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Poem by Robert Burns titled 'Bannockburn - Bruce to his troops'
Subject:
Burns had visited the field of Bannockburn (1314) near Stirling in August 1787 where he was moved to say a fervent prayer at the spot where Bruce's standard had flown. He set the poem to a tune which he believed Bruce's troops had marched to at the battle of Bannockburn.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (author)
George Thomson (1757-1851) (music publisher)
When:
September 1793 (when written)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
Burns had visited the field of Bannockburn (1314) near Stirling in August 1787 where he was moved to say a fervent prayer at the spot where Bruce's standard had flown. He set the poem to a tune which he believed Bruce's troops had marched to at the battle of Bannockburn.
Description:
In the first page Bruce reminds his followers of past battles, of Wallace and his own efforts, but now he calls them to do what they must to gain freedom from the English oppression. Those cowards who will not fight should go now he commands.