Maol nan Crogan

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X:1 T:Maol nan Crogan M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel B:Alexander Mackay – A Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Slow Tunes… B:Chiefly composed by Alexander Mackay, Musician Islay (c. 1822, p. 25) B: N:Dedicated to the Right Hon. Lady Elinor Campbell of Islay and Shawfield. N:Mackay was born c. 1775 and was a fiddler-composer from Islay. Many of his N:tune titles are reflect Islay settings. N:Printed in Glasgow by J. MacFadyen, 30 Wilson St. Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D F|D/D/D (FE) D2 DB,|A,2 (A,B,) E3F|D/D/D (FE) D2 DB,|A,2 (A,B,) D2D:| f|d/d/d (fe) d2 (dA)|B2 Bd e3f|d/d/d (fe) d2 dB|AFAB d2 de| d/d/d (fe) d2 dA|B2 Bd e2 eg|afge fdec|dB AF D2D||

MAOL NAN CROGAN. Scottish, Reel (cut time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. According to H. Cameron Gillies M.D.'s The Place Names of Argyll (London, 1906), maol means 'bald', often applied as a place-name to a mountain, while crògan, is derived from the word cròg meaning 'a claw', "and is a name given as fancifully indicative of the shape of the place." Alternatively, Scots Gaelic word crogan or crog, refers to small cups or jars.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Alexander Mackay (A Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Slow Tunes), Glasgow, c. 1822; p. 25.

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