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RISING OF THE YEAR 1715, THE (Tha tighinn fodham Éiridh). Scottish, Strathspey or Air. E Flat Major (Fraser): G Major (Morison). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "The chorus of this air, and its name, are well known to allude to the rising of the year 1715; but the bacchanalian song attached to it is in compliment to Allan Macdonald of Clanranald, slyly instigating him and his followers to rise in what they called 'the rightful cause.' It is extraordinary to find that this little ancient air embraces the subject of two favourite Scots tunes, which seem to have been built upon it, viz., 'Over the Moor among the Heather (1),' and 'Peggy now the King has come,' -- while the original, in the Highlands, is in as great request as ever" (Fraser). Morison (c, 1882) notes: “Song of the time of the (Rising of 17)45.” The Scots Gaelic words were printed by Keith Norman MacDonald in his Gesto Collection (1895).

c.f. "Thà tigh'n fodham èirigh" ("I must arise" i.e., 'I must come out for Prince Charlie'), a song about Clanranalds who were Macdonalds, possessors of Arisaig, Morar and Uist. Boswell thought the song composed in memory of the battle of Sheffimuir, and described a boatman singing it ("to words of his own") while rowing Dr. Johnson and himself in the Western Isles. c.f. also "Gabhaidh sinn an rathad mor," a Gaelic song similar in structure, which may be a variant[1].


Additional notes



Printed sources : - Fraser (The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles), 1816; No. 225, p. 92. Keith Norman MacDonald (The Gesto collection of Highland music), 1895. Morison (Highland Airs and Quicksteps, vol. 2), c. 1882; No. 15, p. 8.






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  1. Broadwood et al, Journal of the Folk-Song Society, vol. 8, No. 35, Dec. 1931, pp. 293-294.
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