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 "Waes 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. Glens song was not in Mr.
Wilsons list, but Her Majesty herself asked if he could sing "Waes 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.
This comment system requires
you to be logged in through either a Disqus account or an
account you already have with Google, Twitter, Facebook or
Yahoo. In the event you don't have an account with any of these
companies then you can create an account with Disqus. All
comments are moderated so they won't display until the moderator
has approved your comment.