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X:1 % T:Donald Dinnie C:J. Scott Skinner M:C L:1/8 R:Air C:J. Scott Skinner B:Skinner - The Logie Collection (1888, p. 91) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D A,<D F>D G>E F<A|f>e d>B A<F [C2E2]|A,<D F>D G>E F<A| |1 f>e d<B A<F D2:|2 f>e d<B A<c d2||g|f>ed>B A<DF<A| f>e d>B A<F [C2E2]|f>e d>B .A.D.F.A|(B>d) c<e A>c {c}d2|f>ed>B A<D F<A| f>e d>B A<F [C2E2]|(3A,DF (3AFD (3ABc (3dag|(3fed (3cdB A<F [A,2D2]||

DONALD DINNIE. Scottish, Air (whole time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'B. Composed by fiddler-composer and dancing master biography:James Scott Skinner (1843-1927), with to words by "W.D.J." in praise of Highland athlete Donald Dinnie [1] (1837-1916)
Donald Dinnie

Dinnie has been recognized as one of the greatest athletes of the nineteenth century, with an athletic career that spanned over 50 years, and over 11,000 successful competitions in the sprint, hurdles, long and high jump, pole vault, putting the stone, hammer throw, tossing the caber and wrestling.

W.D.J.'s first stanzas reveal that not only was Dinnie a champion athlete, but was also an accomplished Highland dancer:

Ken ye muckle Donald Dinnie?
Scotia's champion athlete!
At the caber, weights an' hammer,
Never yet was Donald beat.

Likewise he can puit an' wrestle--
Ay! wi' ony in the ring;
Foot the boards at Ghillie Callum,
Hullichan, an' Highland Fling.

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