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Tales of the Bonnie Prince's Escape

I am seeking well-written and/or well-researched stories of Bonnie Prince Charlie for a personal storytelling project. In particular, I am curious about the "mythic" persona of Charlie after his retreat, defeat and escape from Scotland as well as the origins for the Skye Boat Song lyrics. As I understand it so far, Sir Harold Boulton penned the traditional Skye Boat Song lyrics during the Victorian era (in 1884), but I'm not positive he was the first to write them down. Later Robert Louis Stevenson wrote another version of the lyrics. Stevenson's lyrics became famous and were the ones I learned as a child.

Skye Boat Song
Traditional chorus by Sir Harold Boulton, 1884

Speed bonnie boat, like a bird on the wing,
Onward, the sailors cry
Carry the lad that's born to be king
Over the sea to skye

And here is a link to Robert Louis Stevenson's version of the Skye Boat Song.

Thank you in advance for thoughts and links. X-posted to folklore
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