Annotation:Royal Aberdeenshire Highlanders' (The)

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X:1 % T:Royal Aberdeenshire Highlanders', The C:Alexander Walker M:C L:1/8 R:March B:Walker - Collection of Strathspeys, Reels, Marches etc. (1866, p. 24) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion F: K:C E>D|C2 G>A G2 E>F|G>E c>A G3E|C2 G>c f>ed>c|d2D2D2 E>D| C2 G>A G2 E>F|G>E c>A G3E|f>ag>f e>cd>B|c2C2C2|| e>d|c>eg>a g2 e>g|a>gc'>a g2 f>e|f>ag>e f>ed>c|e2d2d2 e>d| c>eg>a g2 e>g|a>gc'>a g2 f>e|f>ag>f e>cd>B|c2 C2 C2 e>d| c/d/e/g/ c'>a g2 g>e|c/d/e/g/ c'>a g2 g>e|g>gg>b c'>ag>e|a2d2d2 g>f| e>cd>B c3B|A>Gc>E {E}D2 C>D|E>GF>A G>c d<f|e2c2c2||

ROYAL ABERDEENSHIRE HIGHLANDERS, THE. Scottish, March (4/4 time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Composed by Aberdeenshire fiddler-composer biography:Alexander Walker (b. 1819). The Royal Aberdeenshire Highlanders, a volunteer unit, in 1882 became the 3rd Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders. One of its officers, from 1875-1878, was W.S. Gilbert (of Gilbert & Sullivan fame) who was a captain.
W.S. Gilbert, Capt. Royal Aberdeenshire Highlanders, late 1870's

See also Walker's composition another of of the unit's officers, "Captain Charles Leith Hay's Reel."

According to Paul Stewart Cranford (1991) the tune still has currency among Cape Breton fiddlers.

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Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Walker (A Collection of Strathspeys, Reels, Marches, &c.), 1866; No. 68, p. 24.

Recorded sources: -

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