Field of Bannockburn (The)

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FIELD OF BANNOCKBURN, THE. Scottish, Pipe March (2/4 time). A Mixolydian. Standard tuning. AB (Neil): AABB (Skinner). Composed by the famous Scots fiddler, J. Scott Skinner, who published it in his Harp and Claymore collection in the early years of the 20th century. The title refers to the famous victory of Robert the Bruce, King of the Scots (1274–1329), at the end of his seven year struggle with the forces of England under Edward II. Robert was by far the more skilful commander, while Edward was weak and foolish, and though the Plantagenet had twice the number of men (along with, it is rumoured, the bones of his father, Edward I, the 'Hammer of the Scots', in the forefront of his army) he fell prey to superior general ship, luck, and a final ruse by the wiley Scot.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Neil (The Scots Fiddle), 1991; No. 58, p. 81. Skinner (The Scottish Violinist), 1900; p. 30 (with variations). Skinner (Harp and Claymore), 1904; p. 38.

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