<BGSOUND SRC="glencoe.mid"> They came in a blizzard, we offered them heat / Ballad of Glencoe

The tune and words to Glencoe were written by Jim McLean around 40 years ago. It is copyright Duart Music and IS NOT a traditional tune. It is a testament to the beauty and emotion of the song, that over the years it has become confused as a traditional song. It is given here with the kind permission of Jim McLean of Duart Music. Although the history of the highlands is filled with clan warfare, the Massacre at Glen Coe stands out because of the betrayal of the time honored tradition of highland hospitality and it's genocidal intent.

Ballad of Glencoe

They came in the blizzard, we offered them heat
A roof o'er their heads, dry shoes for their feet
We wined them and dined them, we gave of our meat
They slept in the house of MacDonald.

Cruel is the snow that sweeps Glencoe
And covers the grave of Donald
Cruel was the foe that raped Glencoe
And murdered the house of MacDonald

2. They came from Fort William with murder in mind
The Campbell had orders King William had signed
"Put all to the sword" these words underlined
"And leave none alive called MacDonald"

3. They came in the night when the men were asleep
This band of Argyles, through snow soft and deep
Like murdering foxes amongst helpless sheep
They slaughtered the house of MacDonald

4. Some died in their beds at the hand of the foe
Some fled in the night and were lost in the snow
Some lived to accuse him who struck the first blow
But gone was the house of MacDonald

Monument at Glencoe
Pictures of Glencoe

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