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This is a reprint of the lyrics of a Gaelic lullaby written by Scottish immigrant, loyalist and poet John MacRae and is perhaps the first piece of extant Gaelic poetry composed in North America. Arriving in North Carolina in 1774, MacRae composed the lullaby for his daughter sometime before his imprisonment and death during the Revolutionary War. The song lyrics are provided in both Gaelic and English, and some explanation of the tune and meter are provided in the introduction.
John MacRae (1774-1780) was a Scot who wrote poems and songs and convinced many of his fellow countrymen to immigrate to North Carolina. This article presents his legacy and impact on North Carolina.