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Millbank Cottage
MILLBANK COTTAGE. Scottish, March (2/4 time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD (Brody): AABB'CCDD' (Martin). "Millbank Cottage" is the best known composition of Pipe Major William Dumbreck (1866–1935) from Linlithgow (although often listed as "traditional"). Dumbreck, according to his obituary, was "pipe-major of the 1st Black Watch, to which, when he was appointed, was the youngest pipe-major in the British Army." The melody was composed in 1887 and was dedicated to his sister who had moved into a newly constructed house, 'Millbank Cottage', on Station Road in the town of Uphall, Midlothian[1].

The march is favored at pipe competitions and was played at Dumbreck's funeral.
Pipe Major William Dumbreck

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Brody (Fiddler's Fakebook), 1983; p. 188. Glen (David Glen's Collection of Highland Bagpipe Music, Book 11), c. 1893?; p. 40. Martin (Ceol na Fidhle, vol. 2), 1988; p. 6. Norris (Glendaruel Collection of Bagpipe Music), 1951; p. 3. Ross (Ross's Collection of Highland Bagpipe Music, vol. 4), c. 1893. Scots Guards: Standard Settings of Pipe Music, vol. 2, 1981.

Recorded sources : - Beltona SBE162, Jimmy Shand – "Happy to Meet" (1967). Olympic 6151, The Angus Strathspey and Reel Society – "Scottish Traditional Fiddle Music" (1978). Philo 1042, Boys of the Lough – "Piper's Broken Finger" (1976).

See also listing at :
Hear the march played by Pipe Major John MacDonald at Tobar an Dualchais [1] [2] (followed by "Pipe Major John Stewart").

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  1. The cottage still stands, a tidy dwelling with the date "1887" above the lintel of the front door [3]