Where are the lovers headed in Lord Ullin's Daughter?

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The young couple in love, Lord Ullin's daughter and the Chieftain of Ulva, are fleeing her father's men. They are, evidently, being pursued because Lord Ullin does not approve of his daughter's choice of lover, and Lord Ullin would kill the young man if he catches them. The Chieftain of...

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The young couple in love, Lord Ullin's daughter and the Chieftain of Ulva, are fleeing her father's men. They are, evidently, being pursued because Lord Ullin does not approve of his daughter's choice of lover, and Lord Ullin would kill the young man if he catches them. The Chieftain of Ulva says that his "blood would stain the heather" if his lover's father manages to get his hands on him. It sounds as though the young couple are crossing Lochgyle, a stretch of famously rough waters, in order to get back to Ulva, the island governed by the young man, likely a member of the MacQuarie family, who ruled Ulva for many centuries. In other words, they are trying to get to the young man's home so that they will be safe from Lord Ullin's reach. The young woman says that she would rather brave the sea's wrath than her father's, and so they try to escape him, but they tragically die in the attempt.

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"Lord Ullin's Daughter" by Thomas Campbell, is a poem that tells the tragic story of young lovers trying to escape the woman's father, Lord Ullin. His daughter is fleeing with her lover, a chieftain of Ulva. In lines four and five of the poem, the boatman asks the chieftain, "Now who be ye would cross Lochgyle/This dark and stormy water?" According to Scotland Magazine (see the link below), Loch Gyle, also called Loch na Keal, is a sea loch that divides Gribun on Mull from Ulva. Mull is the second largest island that makes up the Inner Hebrides off Scotland's west coast, and Ulva is also an island in the Inner Hebrides that is separated from Mull by a thin strait. Though this strait can be crossed by a ferry today, it was a storm-tossed sea in the poem, and the couple sadly perished while crossing it. 

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