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X:1 T:Shan Dol Grigrugh T:Old Donald MacGregor M:C| L:1/8 R:Air B:Robert Riddell – Collection of Scotch Galwegian Border Tunes (1794, pp. 14-15) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:C A/B/|c2 TBA B2E2|G>AB>c d/c/B/A/ GB|c2 d/c/B/A/ B2E2|A>fe>d Tc>BA:|| B|c>de>^f gg a/g/f/e/|de/^f/ ge d/c/B/A/ GB|Tc>de>^f gg a/g/f/e/| A>fe>d Tc>BA||:B|d/c/B/A/ BE A/B/c/A/ BE|G/F/G/A/ Bc d/c/B/A/ G/A/B/G/| d/c/B/A/ BE A/B/c/A/ BE|A>f e/f/e/d/ Tc>BA:||B|c/B/c/d/ e/d/e/^f/ gg a/g/f/e/| dgBg d/c/B/A/ GB|cB/A/ dc/B/ e2E2|A>fe>d Tc>BA|| |:B|c/E/E/E/ B/E/E/E/ c/E/E/E/ B/E/E/E/|G/F/G/A/ B/A/B/c/ d/c/B/A/ G/A/B/G/| c/E/E/E/ B/E/E/E/ c/E/E/E/ B/E/E/E/|A>f e/f/e/d/ Tc>BA:||B|c/B/c/d/ e/d/e/^f/ gg a/g/f/e/| d/e/^f/a/ ge d/c/B/A/ G/A/B/G/|c/B/c/d/ e/d/e/^f/ gg a/g/f/e/| a/g/^f/g/ a/g/f/e/ c/d/c/B/ A/B/c/A/|c/B/c/d/ e/d/e/^f/ g/f/g/a/ g/a/g/e/| d/e/^f/d/ e/f/g/e/ d/c/B/A/ G/A/B/G/|A/B/c/A/ B/c/d/B/ e2E2|A>fe>d Tc>BA|| |:B|cABE cABE|GABc d/c/B/A/ GB|cB/A/ BE cB/A/ BE|A>f e/f/d/e/ Tc>BA:|| B|cde^f gage|dgBg d/c/B/A/ GB|cde^f gage|aT^gae Tc>BA>B| cde^f gage|(d/g/^f/g/) (B/g/f/g/) d/c/B/A/ GB|cAdB eE E/F/G/E/|A>f e/f/d/e/ Tc>BA:|]



OLD DONALD MACGREGOR (Shan Dol Grigrugh). Scottish, Air (cut time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABCCDEEFGGH. The tune is attributed to John Bruce, born between 1700 and 1720 in Braemar. He took part in the rising of 1745, but was imprisoned in Edinburgh Castle when Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated, though his skill at the fiddle supposedly helped to mitigate his sentence. He later lived at Dumfries and there became acquainted with Robert Burns before his death in 1785. Alexander Whitelaw, in The Book of Scottish Song (1842) says that Bruce composed the air called "O Whistle and I'll Come to You My Lad."

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - "This Highland Tune I got from John Bruce, a remarkable Reel Fiddler in Dumfries, I never saw this set in print" [Riddell].

Printed sources : - :Robert Riddell (Collection of Scotch Galwegian Border Tunes), 1794; pp. 14-15.

Recorded sources: -



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