AUCHENCRUIVE'S WELCOME. Scottish, March (4/4 time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Composed by William Hardie, Jr. Bill Hardie, William Jr.'s grandson, says "I could only have been in my early teens when I first heard my grandfather play this march. On inquiring as to its origins he replied: 'I composed this tune for you, Bill.' It has been in my memory ever since..." Peter Hardie (c. 1775-1863) of Dunkeld, Perthshire, was a pupil of the famous Niel Gow, but it was Peter's son William (1787-1884) who, around 1830, moved up to Aberdeenshire and eventually became the tenant of 'Auchencruive', a croft in the Methlick area.
Printed source: Hardie (Caledonian Companion), 1986; p. 26.