Cumha Mairi Nighean Alasdair Ruadh

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CUMHA MAIRI NIGHEAN ALASDAIR RUADH. Scottish, Pibroch. The "Cumha Mairi" mentioned by the poetess Sileas na Ceapaich (born c. 1660), daughter of Gilleasbuig, chief of the MacDonalds of Keppoch, Isle of Skye, may be a version of this tune, now played as a piobaireachd (Sanger & Kinnaird, Tree of Strings, 1992). It is said that the melody was composed by Padruig Og MacCrimmon around 1705 on the occasion of the death of his friend the Skye poetess.

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