A patriotic song about the Northwest Rebellion by John Imrie. (1846-1902)
Living and working in Toronto, Imrie was a lesser Scottish-Canadian poet and songwriter who had one considerable advantage over his rivals - He had his own printing press!
I first encountered this song years ago in one of Imrie's "newspapers". (essentially "Pennysaver" type publications) It was printed along with a tune which I can still remember, and which is reproduced below. It probably belongs to some older Scottish song. If you recognize it, please let us know.
This printing is from his collection, Sacred Songs, Sonnets & Miscellaneous Poems by John Imrie. There is a link below to the whole book at the Internet Archive - to whom all praise.
|Title||Canada's Defenders - 1885|
|Subject||Other Music, Dance & Entertainments Politics & Conflict|
|Keywords||Louis Riel Rebellion Scottish|
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