Balmoral Castle (4)

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X:1 T:Balmoral Castle [4] M:C L:1/8 R:Strathspey B:William Ross - Ross's Collection of Pipe Music (1869, No. 163, p. 116) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Amix a|A<Ac>A e>Ac>A|G>GB>G d>GB<a|A<Ac>A e>Ac>A|B/<B/ac<a cA A:| B|A/<A/ag<a e>ac>a|B/<B/gd<g B>GG>B|A/<A/ag<a e>ac>a|f>ae>a cA AB| A/<A/ag<a e>ac>a|B/<B/gd<g B>GG>B|A>Ac>A e>Ac>A|B/<B/ae<a cA A||



BALMORAL CASTLE [4]. AKA and see "Miss Stewart of Grantully (2)," "Our Lads are Nice." Scottish, Pipe Strathspey (whole time). A Mixoldyian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Cranford, Ross): AABB' (Martin). The tune earlier appeared as "Tha uails’ anns na Gillun aginn" (Our Lads are nice), a pipe reel in William Gunn's 1848 bagpipe collection. William Ross published the strathspey in 1869 without composer credit, however, Paul Stewart Cranford (2015) says it is a composition of Angus MacKay who was the first 'Queen's Piper' at Balmoral Castle who was succeeded by Ross.

Compare the tune with "Miss Stewart of Grantully (1)," a strathspey credited to Dunkeld fiddler-composer Niel Gow, published in his first collection of 1784.


Additional notes



Printed sources : - William Ross (Ross's Collection of Pipe Music), 1869; No. 163, p. 116. Martin (Ceol na Fidhle, vol. 2), 1988; p. 8.






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