Anecdotage of Glasgow
Queen Victoria and "War's me for Prince
DURING an early visit of Her Majesty
to the North, the popular song of "Wae’s me for Prince Charlie," written
by Mr. William Glen, a native of Glasgow, received a signal mark of royal
favour which would have gladdened the heart of its unfortunate author had
he been then alive.
While Her Majesty was at Taymouth
Castle, the Marquis of Breadalbane engaged Mr. Wilson, the famous Scottish
vocalist, to sing before her. A list of the songs Mr. Wilson was in the
habit of singing was submitted to the Queen that she might signify her
choice. The royal selection was as follows
no More;" "The Flowers of the Forest;" "The Lass o’ Gowrie;" "John
Anderson, my Jo;" "Cam’ ye by Athole;" and, "The Laird o’ Cockpen."
Mr. Glen’s song was not in Mr.
Wilson’s list, but Her Majesty herself asked if he could sing— "Wae’s me
for Prince Charlie?"
This, fortunately, Mr. Wilson was able to do. Mr.
Glen was the son of an eminent merchant of Glasgow, in which city he was
himself born. He died in 1824.
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