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Mingulay Boat Song

 

Mingulay Boat Song sung by the Corries.

Chorus:
Heel ye ho boys, let her go, boys.
Bring her head round now all together.
Heel y'ho boys, let her go boys.
Sailing homeward to Mingulay !

What care we tho' white the Minch is.
What care we for wind and weather ?
Let her go boys, every inch is,
Wearing homeward to Mingulay!

Chorus:
Heel ye ho boys, let her go, boys.
Bring her head round now all together.
Heel y'ho boys, let her go boys.
Sailing homeward to Mingulay !

Wives are waiting on the bank, boys,
Looking seaward from the heather.
Pull her 'round boys, and we'll anchor.
'Ere the sun sets at Mingulay!

Chorus:
Heel ye ho boys, let her go, boys.
Bring her head round now all together.
Heel y'ho boys, let her go boys.
Sailing homeward to Mingulay !

The lyrics, and there are many variations, were first written by Sir Hugh S. Roberton (1874-1952).

 

The island of Mingulay lies at the very southern tip of the Western Isles archipelago, its fertile valleys and rugged coastline of cliffs and sea stacks a spectacular setting for a wealth of important archaeology. Up to the fourteenth century Minglulay was part of the estate of the Bishop of the Isles, and then passed into the hands of the MacNeils of Barra. Deserted in the early 1900s, since the 1920s archaeologists have been recording the island s buildings, Pictish carved stones and prehistoric remains. Combining previous surveys with the results of a new project undertaken by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) and the National Trust for Scotland (NTS), this fold-out information guide is the indispensable record of the archaeological landscapes and architectural relics of the island. A highly detailed map identifies the locations of everything from burial cairns and roundhouses to chapels and schools, and explanatory text illustrated by contemporary and historic photography traces the lives of the people who made this remote island their home. Mingulay: Archaeology and Architecture.

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