Campbells are Coming
(The). This soul-stirring song was composed in 1715, when the Earl of Mar raised the standard for the Stuarts against George I. John Campbell was Commander-in-Chief of his Majesty's forces, and the rebellion was quashed. The main interest now attached to the famous song is connected with the siege of Lucknow in the Indian rebellion, 1857. Nana Sahib had massacred women and children most foully, and while the survivors were expecting instant death, a Scotch woman lying ill on the ground heard the pibroch, and exclaimed, “Dinna ye hear it? Dinna ye hear it? The pipes o' Havelock sound.” And soon afterwards the rescue was accomplished. The first verse runs thus:
The Campbells are coming, O-ho! O-ho! The Campbells are coming, O-ho! The Campbells are coming to bonnie Loch Leven, The Campbells are coming, O-ho!
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894