The Haughs O' Cromdale

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  • As I came in by Auchindoun
    A little wee bit frae the toun
    When to the Highlands I was bound
    To view the haughs of Cromdale
    I met a man in tartan trews
    I speir'd at him what was the news
    Quo' he the Highland army rues
    That e'er we came to Cromdale

    We were in bed sir every man
    When the Engligh host upon us came
    A bloody battle then began
    Upon the haughs of Cromdale
    The English horse they were so rude
    They bath'd their hooves in Highland blood
    But our brave clans they boldly stood
    Upon the haughs of Cromdale

    But alas! We could no longer stay
    For o'er the hills we came away
    And sore we do lament the day
    That e'er we came to Cromdale
    Thus the great Montrose did say
    Can you direct the nearest way?
    For I will o'er the hills this day
    And view the haughs of Cromdale

    Alas my lord you're not so strong
    You scarcely have two thousand men
    And there's twenty thousand on the plain
    Stand rank and file on Cromdale
    Thus the great Montrose did say
    I say direct the nearest way
    For I will o'er the hills this day
    And see the haughs of Cromdale

    They were at dinner every man
    When great Montrose upon them came
    A second battle then began
    Upon the haughs of Cromdale
    The Grant Mackenzie and MacKay
    Soon as Montrose they did espy
    O then they fought most valiantly!
    Upon the haughs of Cromdale

    The Macdonalds they returned again
    The Camerons did their standard join
    MacIntosh play'd a bloody game
    Upon the haughs of Cromdale
    The MacGregors fought like lions bold
    MacPhersons none could them control
    MacLaughlins fought like loyal souls
    Upon the haughs of Cromdale

    MacLeans MacDougals and MacNeils
    So boldly as they took the field
    And make their enemies to yield
    Upon the haughs of Cromdale
    The Gordons boldly did advance
    The Frasers fought with sword and lance
    The Grahams they made the heads to dance
    Upon the haughs of Cromdale

    The loyal Stewarts with Montrose
    So boldly set upon their foes
    And brought them down with Highland blows
    Upon the haughs of Cromdale
    Of twenty thousand Cromwell's men
    Five hundred fled to Aberdeen
    The rest of them lie on the plain
    Upon the haughs of Cromdale Lyrics from a song in Public Domain

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