Barners of Falkirk (The)
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BARNERS OF FALKIRK, THE. English, Reel. England, Northumberland. D Dorian. Standard tuning. AABB. The title refers perhaps to the famous Falkirk Tryst, or cattle market at Falkirk, Scotland, which drew Highlanders from all over the Highlands. As a focal point of Highland culture during the period of the Tryst, a bagpipe competition developed, first held in 1781 and won in that year by one Patrick MacGregor, with second place honors going to a MacArthur. The third place finisher was old John MacGregor, once personal piper and attendant to Bonnie Prince Charlie Stuart. Although the old man had been wounded at the Battle of Culloden in 1745, his piping skills remained intact and he became the piper to Campbell of Glenlyon. The next year, at age 74, he tried again and won second prize (Collinson, 1975).
Printed source: Seattle (William Vickers), 1987, Part 3; No. 451.