Dr. Ross's 50th Welcome to the Argyllshire Gathering
DR. ROSS'S 50th WELCOME TO THE ARGYLLSHIRE GATHERING. Scottish, Pipe March. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB'CCDD'. Composed by Pipe Major Donald Macleod, born in 1916 at Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis in the Scottish Hebrides. Macleod learned piping from his father and from a number of tutors, including the famous Pipe Major John MacDonald of Inverness. In 1937 he became a piper for the Seaforth Highlanders and attained the level of Pipe Major in only four years. During World War II Macleod served in France with the 51st Highland Division and was taken prisoner by the Germans at St. Valery. He managed to escape and returned to his unit in time to pipe his battalion across the Rhine during an assault crossing-despite having been forbiden to do so by his commanding officer. After the war Macleod continued to win piping competition after competition, until he retired from the army in 1963. After that he played exhibitions and wrote pipe tutors and his own collection, Ceol Mor.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Martin (Ceol na Fidhle), vol. 4, 1991; p. 14.
Recorded sources: Kicking Mule KM-327, "Scartaglen" (1984. Learned from the Tannahill Weavers). Plant Life PLR017, "The Tannahill Weavers" (1979).