The Royal Lament
Martin Carthy commented in the former album's sleeve notes:
It was Vic Gammon who found The Royal Lament in a book and sent me a photocopy. He says that it was written in the mid-17th century as a lament for the beheading of Charles the First on January 30, 1949 and described that in his accompanying letter as “the greatest day in English history.” Written by a clarsach player called Garve MacLean of Coll it's an eloquent testament to his (Garve MacLean's) sorrow at the death of his king. However I still find I'm unable to help myself in agreeing with Vic. And wondering why the English chose to go back so soon afterwards. Ho Hum.