Orphan (1) (The)
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ORPHAN , THE (An Dilleachdan). Scottish, Slow Air. C Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. "The Gaelic song usually associated with this melody, was composed to a lady of the family of --- MacKenzie, Bart, of Gairloch, in Ross-pshire. The words sung by the editor's father referred to a youth going abroad. Mr. Campbell, in his 'Albyn's Anthology,' gives the name of this air to no less than two of the few Highland melodies contained in it" (Fraser). The air has many similarities to, and is possibly the ancestor of, "Lord Balgonie's Favorite."
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Fraser (The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles), 1816; No. 11, p. 4.