Skye Boat Song – Sir Harold Boulton (Aug. 7, 1859 – Jun. 1, 1935), Scottish songwriter, British baronet, and philanthropist.
The ‘Skye Boat Song’ is a Scottish folk song and its melody is a Jacobite lament. Both the melody and the lyrics were written by Sir Harold Boulton, an Englishman.
The song recalls the escape of Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) from Uist to the Isle of Skye after his defeat in the Battle of Culloden in 1746. It describes how Prince Charlie escaped in a small boat, with the aid of Flora MacDonald, who was disguised as a serving maid.