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GLENTILT. AKA and see "Ca' the Wethers to the Hill," "Duke of Athol's Forest Lodge--Glen Tilt," "Glen Tilt Lodge." Scottish, Canadian; Reel. Canada, Cape Breton. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Glentilt is the valley of the river Tilt, north of Blair Atole, in the extreme north of Perthshire, Scotland. Beginning at the confines of Aberdeenshire, it follows a northwesterly direction excepting for the last four miles, when it runs due south to Blair Atholl where it empties into the Garry. The river Tarif enters the Tilt forming picturesque falls just above the confluence. The 6th duke of Atholl (1814- 1864) attempted to close the glen to the public (probably for private use as a hunting preserve) but was successfully prevented from doing so by an early group of outdoors-lovers, the Scottish Rights of Way Society. The lower half of Glen tilt is dominated by three mountains, - Cam nan Gabhar (3,505 ft.), Ben y Gloe (3,671 ft.) and Cam Liath (3,193 ft.). Marble of good quality is occasionally quarried in the glen, and the rock formation has attracted the attention of geologists from the time of James Hutton, an early geologist who was invited to accompany the Duke of Atholl on a hunting trip. Hutton became positively appoplexic with joy at the rock specimens he found, so that some in the party thought he had discovered a vein of gold.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 4.

Recorded sources: Rounder Records , John L. MacDonald - "Formerly of Foot Cape Road: Scottish Fiddle Music in the Classic Inverness County Style" (2005).

See also listing at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [1]




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