Veel Schotse liederen gaan over de opstanden in Schotland tegen de Engelse overheersing – één van de vele culturele gemene delers tussen de Schotten en de Ieren.

Bonnie Dundee gaat over John Graham of Claverhouse, die zijn einde vond in de slag om Killiecrankie, waar hij de Jacobites liet winnen tegen Willem III van Oranje (‘King Billie’). Hij was burggraaf van Dundee.

Tae the lairds i’ convention t’was Claverhouse spoke
E’er the Kings crown go down, there are crowns to be broke
Then each cavalier who loves honour and me
Let him follow the bonnet o’ bonnie Dundee.

Come fill up my cup, come fill up my can
Come saddle my horses and call out my men
Unhook the west port and let us gae free,
For it’s up wi’ the bonnets o’ bonnie Dundee!

Dundee he is mounted, he rides doon the street,
The bells they ring backwards, the drums they are beat,
But the Provost, douce man, says “Just e’en let it be
For the toun is well rid of that de’il o’ Dundee.”

Then awa’ to the hills, to the lea, to the rocks
Ere I own a usurper, I’ll crouch with the fox
And tremble, false whigs, in the midst of your glee
Ye hae no seen the last o’ my bonnets and me!