MacGregor's March

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X:1 T:MacGregor's March S:Howard & Co's Melodion Tutor, London, n.d. Z:Nigel Gatherer N:Transposed from C for comparison M:2/4 L:1/8 K:D AA/B/ AA/B/|Ad d2|BB/c/ BB/c/|Be Bc|AA/B/ AA/B/|Ad d2|Be Bc|d z d2:| |:f2 f2|fB B2|BB/c/ Bc|dA A2|f2 f2|fB B2|Be Bc|d z d2:|]

MACGREGOR'S MARCH. AKA and see "Drunken Sailor (6)," "Kit White's No. 2," "Maurice O'Keeffe's (5)," "Rob Roy's March." Scottish, March (2/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Clan Gregor claims descent from Grigar, third son of Kenneth MacAlpin, first king of Scotland. Glenorchy was the clan's original seat but as they prospered lands in Glengyle, Glen Lyon, Glen Straye and Balquidder came under their control. The clan's prospects waned in response to increasing power of the Campbells, however, resulting in their retreat into the Balquidder area, and at one point they became known as "The landless clan."

In Ireland the tune is set as a polka, called "Maurice O'Keeffe's (5)" and "Kit White's No. 2." The song "Donal Don" from Ford's Vagabond Songs and Ballads of Scotland (1899 & 1901) uses the melody.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 3), c. 1880's; No. 418, p. 46.

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