Notes on Gaelic Titles
Cumha Rìgh Seumas. Lament for King James.
Siubhal Sheumais Suihel Shemes / Lament for King James’ Departure or Flight D1 (first edition [c. 1820]) / Lament for King James’ Departure D1 (revised edition ); Cumha Righ Seumas / King James’s Lament K3; Suibhel Sheumais / James’s Departure…KS. The Departure of [King] James. The earlier Gaelic names have no reference to a king, nor necessarily to a departure, since in some dialects at least, siubhal can be a euphemism for death. However Donald MacDonald’s (D1) words ‘or flight’, albeit subsequently deleted, are consistent with the tune being associated with the events of 1688.