Royal Highlanders Welcome from Waterloo (The)
X:1 % T:Royal Highlanders Welcome from Waterloo, The M:C L:1/8 R:March S:Gow – 4th Repository (1817) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion Q:"Slowly" K:G B|d2 d>B ~d>e d>B|e<e e>d e3f|g>edB A>GAB|E<E E>D G3B| d2 d>B ~d>ed>B|e<e e>^d e3f|g>edB A>GAB|E<E E>D G3|| d|[G,2D2B2g2] gb B>ABG|EAA>B A(afa)|(g/f/)e/d/ Bg dB|AG|(F/G/A) D>c BGGd| [G,2D2B2g2] gb B>A BG|EAA>B A(afa)|(g/f/e/d/) B>d (e/d/c/B/ c/B/A/G/)|((6F/G/A/G/F/E/ D>)c BGG||
ROYAL HIGHLANDERS WELCOME FROM WATERLOO, THE. Scottish, March (4/4 time, “Slowly”). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. “Communicated by Mr. McLeod of Rasa” (Gow, 1817), perhaps referring to The Laird of Raasay, who, in Nathaniel Gow's (1761–1831) time was the 12th, James MacLeod (1761–1724) who lived contemporaneously. The battle of Waterloo was fought on June 18th, 1815, some two years prior to the printing of Gow's 4th Repository, and, in the context of the times, the heroic event was still quite topical (see also the Gow’s “Lamentation for the Fallen Heroes of Waterloo”). Gow included two other tunes in the same collection that refer to the battle, “Lamentation for the Fallen Heroes of Waterloo” and “Highland Brigade at Waterloo (The).”
The Royal Highlanders were the 42nd Regiment of Foot, otherwise famously known as The Black Watch.