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ARGYLE IS MY NAME. AKA and see "Bannocks o' Barley Meal (1)," "Kinnegad Slashers (The)." Scottish, Jig. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The name Argyll derives from the Gaelic Airer Gaedel, or ‘coast of the Gaels,’ and refers to the area of Scotland first invaded by the Irish tribes in the 5th century. The melody also appears in the early 19th century music manuscript collection of Aberdeen musician William Mackie, a player of the Great Highland Bagpipes and Scottish small-pipes. Sections of his ms. also appear to be set for flute and/or fiddle. "Bannocks o' Barley Meal" is the name of a song in Johnson's Scots Musical Museum, vol. 6 (Edinburgh, 1803, p. 578-579), reworked by Burns from an older and quite popular song attributed to John, Duke of Argyll and Greenwich, that begins:

Argyll is my name and you may think it strange,
To live at a court and never to change
Falsehood and flattery I do disdain,
In my secret thoughts nae guile does remain.

The song has the burden (which gives it an alternate title):

To whang at the bannocks o' barley meal."



Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 1), c. 1880; No. 15, p. 32.

Recorded sources:




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