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GLEN ORCHY. Scottish, Pipe Jig. Composed by the late Pipe Major Donald Macleod. One famous citizen of Glenorchy was Donnachadh MacCailein, the Good Knight of Glenorchy, who was slain during to battle of Flodden in 1513. MacCailein composed a poem which mentions a local harper named Lachlann, whom he calls MacBhratnaich bhinn or 'sweet voiced Galbriath.' The knight-poet pokes fun at the musician because he was notorious for demanding all sorts of gifts. Lachlann also fell at Flodden field.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: MacLeod (Donald MacLeod's Collection of Music for the Bagpipe, Book 2)

Recorded sources: Green Linnet SIF 1077, Capercaillie - "Crosswinds" (1987).




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