X:1 T:Bata Bharra C:Alexander Mackay S:Alexander Mackay, A collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Slow Tunes S:(Glasgow, ca. 1822) M:9/8 L:1/8 K:A e|:cBA AEA AEA|cBA AEA fga|cBA AEA Adc|dBG GAB d2e:| cde eca ecA|cde ece fga|cde eca ece|dBG GAB d2e| cde eca ecA|cde ece efg|agf ged cec|dBG GAB d2e|]
BATA BHARRA. Scottish, Slip Jig (9/8 time). The tune is similar to (particularly in the first strain), and perhaps cognate with, "Wellington's Coming" printed by piper O'Farrell in his Pocket Companion for the Union Pipes, vol. 4 (London, 1810). The exact dating of Islay fiddler-composer Alexander Mackay's volume is unknown, and varies from c. 1802 (Charles Gore) to c. 1822 (John Glen), to c. 1832 (the date of a watermark on one published volume, as J. Murdoch Henderson found). "Bata Bharra" is not one of the tunes Mackay claimed composition for, and must have been an older tune known on Islay.