Welcome, Royal Charlie
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Lesley Nelson-Burns


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This was printed by J. Smith on broadsides in Belfast sometime between 1813 and 1850. It was also printed by numerous printers in England, including M. Barker (1815-1827). Copies of these can be found at the Broadside Ballads Online. The song is in Hogg's Jacobite Relics of Scotland, 2 (1821).

For a complete list of Jacobite tunes at this site go to The Contemplator's Short History of the Jacobite Uprisings.

When France had her assistance lent,
A royal prince to Scotland sent,
Towards the north his course he bent,
His name was Royal Charlie,
Our gallant Scottish prince was clad,
Wi' bonnet blue and tartan plaid,
An' oh, he was a handsome lad,
Few could comprare wi' Charlie.
An oh, but you've been lang o' comin,
Lang, lang, lang o' comin'
O but ye've been lang o' comin',
Welcome Royal Charlie.


Around ilk valiant kilted clan,
Let Highland hearts lead on the van,
And charge the foe, claymore in hand,
For sake o' Royal Charlie.
O welcome, Charlie, o'er the mian,
Our Highland hills are a' your ain,
Thrice welcome to our isle again,
Our gallant Royal Charlie.
Oh, but you've been lang o' comin,
Lang, lang, lang o' comin'
O but ye've been lang o' comin',
Welcome Royal Charlie.


From a the wilds o' Caledon
We'll gather ever hardy son,
Til thousands to his standard run,
And rally round Prince Charlie.
Come let the flowing quaich go round,
And boldly bid the pibroch sound.
Til every glen and rock resound
The name of Royal Charlie.
Oh, but you've been lang o' comin,
Lang, lang, lang o' comin'
O but ye've been lang o' comin',
Welcome Royal Charlie.


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From Songs of Scotland, Vol. I
See Bibliography for full information.
Also from Steve Roud's Broadside Ballad and Folksong Indexes.