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X:1 T:Glendaruel Highlanders’ Quickstep C:Pipe Major A. Fettes, Aberdeen M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Pipe March B:David Glen's Collection of Highland Bagpipe Music Book 1 (1876, No. 1, p. 1) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:A e|A>AA A>Bc|e>de f2e|c>BA f<af|e3 e>fa| A>AAA>Bc|e>de f2e|f<ac e>dB|A3 A2:| e/d/|c2A c<eB|c2A A>ce|f2A f<af|e3 e>fa| c2A c<eB|c2A A>ce|f>ec e>dB|A3 A2 e/d/| c2A c<eB|c2A A>ce|f2A f<af|e3 e>fg| a>cc c<fe|f>BB B<fe|f<ac e>dB|A3 A2||



GLENDARUEL HIGHLANDERS. AKA and see "Campbelltown Loch," "Mrs. MacCarty Have You a Daughter?." Scottish, Canadian; March (6/8 time) or Jig. Canada, Cape Breton. A Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABC (Glen, Martin): AA'BB'CC' (Cranford). The melody was written by Aberdeen Pipe Major A. Fettes (1845-1921) for the family of MacDougall-Gillies (d. 1925), a 19th century champion piper who was a native of Glendaruel, Argyll (MacDougll-Gillies won the Oban and Inverness Gold Medals in 1884 and 1885 respectively). The march was recorded in 1911 by Pipe Major David Laing of H.M. Scots Guards, on Lxo-1269 A22145, the second tune in a medley that also included the marches "Midlothian Pipe Band (The)" and "Hot Punch."

Paul Cranford (2015) notes that modern piping versions of the march are in four strains, but that Cape Breton fiddlers (who play it as a jig) only play three parts[1]. The alternate title "Mrs. MacCarty Have You a Daughter?", explains Paul, is a Cape Breton name for the tune, and "no doubt comes from a lilted limerick."


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Printed sources : - Paul Stewart Cranford (The Cape Breton Highland Collection), 2015; p. vii. David Glen (David Glen's Collection of Highland Bagpipe Music Book 1), 1876; No. 1, p. 1. Martin (Ceol na Fidhle, vol. 3), 1988; p. 36. Scots Guards: Standard Settings of Pipe Music, vol. 1, p. 88, No. 189 (p. 96 in first edition, 1954).

Recorded sources : - Tradition 2118, Jim MacLeod & His Band – "Scottish Dances: Jigs, Waltzes and Reels" (1978).




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  1. When played for dancing, Cape Breton fiddlers play the tune AA'BB'CC'BB', repeating the second strain.
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