Archibald MacDonald of Keppoch
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ARCHIBALD MACDONALD OF KEPPOCH. Scottish, Slow Air (6/8 time). D Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune was first published by the Scots fiddler, collector and composer Captain Simon Fraser (1773-1852) of Ardachie, near Fort Augustus. Fraser's work The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles (1816) contained many works collected from various sources during the period 1715-1745. The MacDonalds of Keppoch were a distinguished branch of Clan MacDonald, who supported the Stewart monarchs in the 17th century, culminating with their participation in the Jacobite risings of the 18th century. As a result of their support for the Jacobite cause they lost their lands in Lochaber/ Roy Bridge and they are currently without an officially recognized clan chief. Although it has not been determined which individual has been honored in the title, an Archibald MacDonald lived from 1678 to 1745, dying just prior to the entrance of the MacDonald’s of Keppoch on the side of Bonnie Prince Charlie in his ill-fated attempt to gain the crown of Scotland and England. See "Keppoch A Wilderness" for related history of the MacDonalds of Keppoch.