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CULLODEN WELL. Scottish (originally), Canadian; Strathspey. Canada, Cape Breton. C Minor (Morrison): C Mixolydian (Cape Breton). Standard tuning. AABB. Composed by William Morrison, appearing in his c. 1813 collection (Inverness, Scotland), originally in the key of C minor. The tune was played by Cape Breton fiddler Angus Chisholm in the mixolydian mode, and it has become a popular strathspey on the island [Paul Stewart Cranford]. Little is known about Morrison, who was born in Culloden, by Inverness, around 1780 and lived beyond the year 1825. Culloden Well, or the Clootie Well of Balloch as it is also known (also St. Mary's Well, Tobar na Coille and Well of the Wood), is a holy well in which a strip of cloth is dipped into the water, then tied on a nearby branch while a prayer of supplication is said to the patron saint. The practice is thought to stem from the pagan practice of leaving votive offerings to the spirits of natural places.