PS 014 – King James VI’s Salute

      Fàilte Rìgh Seumas a Sia

      Port na Lurgainn

Primary Sources

C1 Porst na Lurkin C1.12: 29
King James VI’s Lament A.2: 3
K1 Failte Righ Seumas a sea / King James the Sixth’s Salute K1.45: 101
KK Cumha Righ Seumas a Se / King James the 6th’s Lament KK.52: 99
KS Failte Righ Seumas a Se / King James the Sixth…s Salute KS.5

Notes on Gaelic Titles

Fàilte Rìgh Seumas a Sia  Failte Righ Seumas a sea / King James the Sixth’s Salute K1; Cumha Righ Seumas a Se / King James the 6th’s Lament KK; Failte Righ Seumas a Se / King James the Sixth…s Salute KS. Salute to (or Lament for) King James VI. The sources have a Sèa for ‘the Sixth’, but in modern dialects the pronunciation is as shown here.

Port na Lurgainn Porst na Lurkin C1. The tune of the Lurgainn.Possibly referring to a well known boat song, Leis an Lurgainn (see e.g. Fionn, The Celtic Lyre, a collection of Gaelic songs, with English translations, Glasgow [1898], p. 21) in which An Lurgainn is the name of the boat (not a type of boat as stated by J. MacIver, ‘Remarks on the titles of ceol mor tunes from the Campbell canntaireachd collection,’ Piping Times 19, No 2: 7–11; No. 3: 6–8 [1966]).

Roderick Cannon (2009)

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