Colin Ian Jeffery

Veteran Poet - 1,617 Points (20th May 1942 / Redhill Hospital)

Highlander's Farewell - Poem by Colin Ian Jeffery

After the battle of Culloden in 1746, the young pretender Bonnie Prince Charlie fled back to France leaving Scotland at the mercy of the British redcoats.

Alone in darkness he stands
Unseen behind rocks on a beach
Washed and worn by salty tides
Bidding adieu to his bonnie prince
Who fled the bloody battlefield
Leaving crushed the flowers of Scotland
Men and boys - youngest only nine
Massacred among the heather.
Small of stature, immense in clan pride
Blood-splattered kilt in tatters
The Highlander waits for dawn.
Men like shadows creep across the shingle
Huddle against the cold in a rowing boat
As they pull away from the shore
Into a hazy mist hiding a French warship
With sails set for France.
Only the Highlander remains on the beach
As in tears he raises his claymore in salute
Shouting into the howling wind
" Will ye nay come back again? "

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Topic(s) of this poem: history

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  • (4/25/2015 11:48:00 AM)

    This certainly captures well a poignant event in Scottish history. I am a Canadian of Irish descent primarily and the effects of this battle certainly had an impact on Irish history. There were well-trained Irish cavalry and others who were sent over as part of a French contingent who took part in the battle but unfortunately the bulk of the troops who were Scots many of whom were not well trained and they led an ill-timed charge over marshy ground and that was their undoing. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, July 5, 2012

Poem Edited: Thursday, August 25, 2016

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