Merry Lads of Killarow (The)
X:1 T:Merry Lads of Killarow, The 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. 13) B: https://digital.nls.uk/special-collections-of-printed-music/archive/104487947 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:G e|G2 GB A/A/A AB|G2 ef gedB|cedB A/A/A e2|dBgB d2d:| e|dBgB A/A/A e2|dBgB dBBe|dBgB A/A/A e2|dBgB d2 de| dBgB A/A/A e2|dBgB dega|gedB A/A/A e2|dBgB d2d||
The entire local population of Killarow had been engaged in spinning and weaving, which was done in their cottages, and one supposes this continued in Bowmore. However, a decade after the move John Simpson established the famous Bowmore whisky distillery, one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland that is still in operation, and the oldest on the famous whisky island of Islay.