On this day 28th January 1580 King James VI signed the Confession of Faith. “The King’s or Negative Confession” was later incorporated into the National Covenant of 1638. ScotClans
This song is by James Hogg, the “Ettrick Shepherd” who lived from 1770 to 1835. The term “Whigs” was used as a disparaging term for the Covenanters who fought in support of the cause of Presbyterianism in Scotland and against the succession of King James VII. The term Whig was used later to those who opposed the Jacobites and later still was applied to the political party which eventually became the Liberal Party in British politics. Rampant Scotland
Ken ye how a Whig can fight, Aikendrum, Aikendrum
Ken ye how a Whig can fight, Aikendrum
He can fight the hero bright, with his heels and armour tight
And the wind of heavenly night, Aikendrum, Aikendrum
Is not Rowley in the right, Aikendrum!
Did ye hear of Sunderland, Aikendrum, Aikendrum
Did ye hear of Sunderland, Aikendrum
That man of high command, who has sworn to clear the land
He has vanished from our strand, Aikendrum, Aikendrum,
Or the eel has ta’en the sand, Aikendrum.
Donald’s running ’round and ’round, Aikendrum, Aikendrum,
Donald’s running ’round and ’round, Aikendrum
But the Chief cannot be found, and the Dutchmen they are drowned
And King Jaime he is crowned, Aikendrum, Aikendrum
But the dogs will get a stound, Aikendrum.
We have heard of Whigs galore, Aikendrum, Aikendrum
We have heard of Whigs galore, Aikendrum
But we’ve sought the country o’er, with cannon and claymore,
And still they are before, Aikendrum, Aikendrum
We may seek forevermore, Aikendrum!
Ken ye how to gain a Whig, Aikendrum, Aikendrum
Ken ye how to gain a Whig, Aikendrum
Look Jolly, blythe and big, take his ain blest side and prig,
And the poor, worm-eaten Whig, Aikendrum, Aikendrum
For opposition’s sake you will win!
I know this as a song – and I haven’t heard that song, for a long time. I’ll have that in my head now, all day – stomping about!