Come Ye By Atholl

"Come Ye By Atholl" lyrics by James Hogg, music Neil Gow, Jr.

Performed by Marc Gunn
From: Scottish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion

Come ye by Athol, lad wi' the philabeg,
Down by the Tummel, or banks of the Garry?
Saw ye the lads, with their bonnets and white cockades,
Leaving their mountains to follow Prince Charlie.

* Follow thee, follow thee, wha wadna follow thee?
Long has thou loved and trusted us fairly!
Charlie, Charlie, wha wadna follow thee?
King o' the Highland hearts, bonnie Charlie.

I have but one son, my gallant young Donald;
But if I had ten, they should follow Glengarry;
Health to MacDonald and gallant Clan Ronald,
For these are the men that will die for their Charlie.

I'll go to Lochiel, and Appin, and kneel to them;
Down by Lord Murray and Roy of Kildarlie;
Brave Mackintosh, he shall fly to the field with them;
These are the lads I can trust with my Charlie.

Down thru the Lowlands, down with the whigamore,
Loyal true Highlanders, down with them rarely;
Ronald and Donald drive on with the braid claymore,
Over the necks of the foes of Prince Charlie.

Scottish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion

Chords: KEY C

[C]Come ye by Athol, lad wi' the philabeg,
Down by the [Dm]Tummel, or [F]banks of the [C]Garry?
Saw ye the [F]lads, with their [C]bonnets and [Dm]white cockades,
[C]Leaving their [F]mountains to [C]follow Prince [G7]Char-[C]lie.

[C]Follow thee, [F]follow thee, [C]wha wadna [Dm]follow thee?
[C]Long has thou [F]oved and [C]trusted us fairly!
Charlie, [F]Charlie, [C]wha wadna [Dm]follow thee?
[C]King o' the [F]Highland hearts, [C]bonnie [G7]Char-[C]lie.



Nathaniel Gow (1727-1807) was the son of a weaver who taught himself to play the fiddle. He composed over seventy tunes and became a famous musician. His four sons: Andrew, John, William and Nathaniel all followed in his footsteps. His youngest son Nathaniel Jr. (1751-1791) was the most successful of the four, and in addition to becoming a composer, founded a music publishing company in Edinburgh in 1796.

Neil Gow, Jr. was Nathaniel's eldest son. He became a physician, but then went to work for his father in the publishing company. He died in 1823 at the age of twenty-eight.


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