Pipe Major George Ross' Farewell to the Black Watch

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PIPE MAJOR GEORGE ROSS' FAREWELL TO THE BLACK WATCH. Scottish, Pipe March (2/4 time). A Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB'CCDD'. One of the approximately two dozen surviving tunes of Highland piper William Lawrie [1] (1881–1916), Pipe Major of the 8th Argyllshire Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Lawrie succeeded George Ross (the subject of his march) as Pipe Major of the Battalion in 1914, just as the regiment was ordered to France in the Great War. He fell ill in 1916 due to conditions in the trenches, and, although he was invalided home to hospital, he never recovered. He died, leaving a wife and three small children, in November if that year. The tune has been recorded a couple of times as "Pipe Major George Ross' Welcome to the Black Watch" by Cape Breton fiddlers.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Logan's Collection of Highland Bagpipe Music, Book 6, c. 1914; No. 32, p. 18. Robertson & Ramsay (Master Method for the Highland Bagpipe), c. 1960, p. 13.

Recorded sources: CAT-WMR002, Wendy MacIsaac – “The ‘Reel’ Thing” (1994).

See also listing at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [2]




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