“Jamie Raeburn (Caledonia)”


"My name is (Jamie Raeburn), in Glasgow I was born." Convicted (of a crime he did not commit), he has been sentenced to transportation. He bids farewell to family, sweetheart, and his beloved home in Caledonia. He hopes to return when free


Ford claims that this is based on an actual incident c. 1840, though the details he offers are scant. - RBW

Charters says this has been traced to "a penny broadsheet published in the 1840s," but offers no further details. - PJS

It [may be] possible to date broadside Bodleian 2806 c.14(19) from its note to the ballad shared on the broadside with "James Raeburn." Specifically, for "The Lament of Andrew Brown," there is a note that Brown "is at present lying under Sentence of Death in Forfar Jail for the Murder of Captain Greig [Creig?], on board the Nymph [illegible; perhaps "while"?] on her passage from Montrose to London"; the broadside itself dates the crime as September 6 and the execution January 31. - BS


  • Bodleian, 2806 c.14(19), "James Raeburn," unknown, n.d.
  • Murray, Mu23-y1:106, "Jamie Raeburn" James Lindsay (Glasgow), 19C
  • NLScotland, L.C.Fol.70(75a), "Jamie Raeburn," unknown, c.1875; also RB.m.143(121) "Jamie Raeburn," Poet's Box (Dundee), c.1890


  • Tom Scott, "Jimmy Raeburn" (on Borders1)


  1. Ford-Vagabond, pp. 243-244, "Jamie Raeburn's Farewell" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Meredith/Anderson, pp. 85-86, "Caledonia"; 245-246, "Caledonio" (2 texts, 2 tunea)
  3. SHenry H151, p. 124, "Jamie Raeburn's Farewell" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. McBride 43, "Jimmy Leeburn" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Ord, pp. 357-358, "Jamie Raeburn's Farewell" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. MacSeegTrav 94, "Jamie Raeburn" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. Dean, pp. 90-91,"Farewell to Caledonia" (1 text)
  9. Roud #600
  10. BI, MA085


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1904 (Ford)
Found in: Australia Ireland Britain(Scotland(Aber,Bord)) US(MW)