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Old 5th July 2014, 18:15
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Help with "Killiecrankie"

One of the songs we are preparing to sing is the Braes of Killiecrankie.

We're a little confused about what appears to be two different uses of the word "brankie." In the first verse ("Whaur hae ye been, sae braw lad, whaur hae ye been, sae brankie, o?") We understand brankie to mean "all dressed up nicely to go somewhere" or a similar idea, and possibly to include a positive, active, happy attitude. But then in 4th verse we have "Fie, MacKay, what gart ye lie, in the brush ayont the brankie-o?" This brankie seems to be far removed from the meaning of the other. Any clarification?
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