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Parcel O' Rogues sung by Alastair McDonald

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Published on Feb 18, 2011

Robert Burns' castigation of the Scottish nobility for selling their countrymen's birthright in 1707. Not all did. The dying words of Fletcher of Saltoun, 'the Patriot', were "Lord have mercy on my poor Countrey that is so barbarously oppressed."

When some 60 years earlier Cromwell forced a political union lasting almost a decade, Robert Blair, a minister of the Kirk, said, "As for the embodying of Scotland with England, it will be as when the poor bird is embodied in the hawk that has eaten it up".

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