MacKenzie's Farewell to Sutherland

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MACKENZIE'S FAREWELL TO SUTHERLAND. AKA - "Mackenzie's Farewell." Scottish, Slow Air (6/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The Celtic Monthly (1902, p. 113) gives:

One of the greatest and best known pipers of the [MacKenzie] Clan was John Bàn MacKenzie (Am Piobaire Bàn), who was born near Dingwall about the end of the eighteenth century, and died at Munlochy, Ross-shire, in 1864. In 1820, we find him piper to Mr. MacKenzie of Allangrange, and then with Mr. Davidson of Tulloch, where he remained for some twelve or thirteen years. He was afterwards piper to the Marquis of Breadalbane, where he remained for about thirty years, when ill-health forced him to retire. He was a fine specimen of a Highlander, and a capable exponent of our national instrument. He composed a number of tunes, one of the best known being "MacKenzie's Farewell to Sutherland." He was one of the few who held the title "King of the Pipers."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: David Glen Collection of Highland Bagpipe Music, Book 3 (p. 2). William Gunn (The Caledonian Repository of Music Adapted for the Bagpipe), 1848; p. 74. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 1), c. 1880; No. 5, p. 47 (appears as "Mackenzie's Farewell"). Martin (Ceol na Fidhle, vol. 1), 1991; p. 8.

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