Skye Boat Song – John Longmuir

The story of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s  escape to Skye in a rowing boat, aided by Flora MacDonald and disguised as her maid is accepted as true but when did it happen?

The Skye Boat Song was introduced on National Radio last night with mention of yesterday as the anniversary of that mad dash across the sea. However, searches by Google and Bing give June 28 and July 10 as the date.

Whichever it is, it’s a good excuse to listen to a lovely song, sung here by Edinburgh-born tenor John Longmuir.

3 Responses to Skye Boat Song – John Longmuir

  1. Paul Walker says:

    “However, searches by Google and Bing give June 28 and July 10 as the date.”

    Is this another example of the calendar changing problems that arose with the Adam Smith date of baptism?

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  2. homepaddock says:

    Paul – I wondered about that. They agreed on the year (1746, I think). When did the calendar change?

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  3. Paul Walker says:

    1752, so it could be the calendar change.

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