Earl of Wigton's Lament

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EARL OF WIGTON'S LAMENT. AKA - "Cumh Joarla Wigton," "Cumha Iarla Wigtown," "Lament for the Earl of Wigtown." Scottish, Fiddle Pibroch. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABCDEA. The tune was preserved by Edinburgh musician, collector and publisher Daniel Dow and printed in his Collection of Ancient Scots Music (c. 1778). The piece has a similar construction to a pipe piobaireachd, and although Dow's is a fiddle setting, it was thought to have been adapted from harp repertory. The likely subject of the title is the son of John, Lord of Fleming, whose name also was John and who was created the first earl of Wigtown. John died in 1619, and the lament dates from that time.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Dow (A Collection of Ancient Scots Music), c. 1778; pp. 2-5.

Recorded sources: Temple Records, Alison Kinnaird - "Silver String" (2006)




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