From a fortress renown'd through antiquity wide,
As the seat of the princes and chiefs of Strathclyde¹,
The name of the vessl's deriv'd, but her fame
From her stately apartments and swiftness we claim.

Chorus.  Although her namesake long has held
           Her station on a rock, [Note 706.2]
           Now Dumbarton Castle through the waves,  [Note 706.1]
           Repels the tempest's shock;
           Along the seas, though 'gainst the breeze,
           We pass in little time,
           And view the scenes renown'd in song,
           By Ossian¹ sublime.

When or friends of the city impatient are grown,
For they're tiresome the bustle and smoke of the town,
We lead to where summer unfolds all her grace,
Where Fingal¹ and his heroes often join'd in the chace [sic],

With the skill of the rider that bridles the steed,
The vessel is made on its way to proceed;
Oft the speed of the wind in its progress is seen,
Yet it always a castle of safety has been.



Sources (texts, music) & Publishing data

Origin Collected works of the author
Source Title On Dumbarton Castle Steam Boat Plying between Glasgow and Inverary, &c.
Bargery Number 706
Roud Not in the Roud Index
Latest Date 1818
Evidence for Latest Date Publication date
Source of Text An article by Graham Lappin published in "Clyde Steamers" magazine and given to the curator by the author. Lappin gives his source as The Steam-Boat Miscellany, published in 1818 [Mitchell Library, Glasgow reference number ML 311790 / GC CD 821 STE]
Author William Harriston (c1780-)
Music (Given or Suggested) Tune give as 'The Garb of Old Gaul'
Source of Music The Songs of Scotland Adapted to their appropriate melodies 1849. Volume 3 (125) Page 113 [National Library of Scotland Inglis Collection of printed music. Shelfmark Ing.129]
Composer The source attributes the melody to Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Erskine.
Printer or Publisher W.Falconer
Where Printed Glasgow
Other Imprints No other imprints found
First Line From a fortress renown'd through antiquity wide,

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