"I love to hear you singing 'Hey Johnnie Cope'"

'Bonnie Prince Charlie' (1898)
Public Domain'Bonnie Prince Charlie' (1898) - Credit: John Pettie
 'Hey Johnnie Cope' is a Scottish folk song with lyrics by Adam Skirving (1719-1803).

It tells the story of the Battle of Prestonpans which took place during the Second Jacobite Rising in 1745 when an army led by Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) defeated the forces of George II.

'Johnnie Cope' is Sir John Cope, the leader of the British government troops.

Click here for one version of the lyrics.

Listen on Spotify to one version of the song