BEN LOMOND. Scottish; Strathspey. D Major/Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Surenne): AAB (Athole, Gow, Skye): AABB' (Kerr). The Gaelic word ben means mountain or hill, while Lomond is derived from the Gaelic term for beacon. Ben Lomond is a peak 3,192 ft. high, of south-central Scotland on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond. It is mentioned in the poet Robert Tannahill's piece "Jessie the Flower of Dunblane," which begins:
The sun has gane down o'er the lofty Ben Lomond,
And left the red clouds to reside o'er the scene;
While lanely I stray in the calm simmer gloamin',
To muse on sweet Jessie, the flow'r o' Dunblane.
Printed sources: Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 435. Gow (Complete Repository), Part 3, 1806; p. 33. Kerr (Merry Melodies), vol. 2; No. 139, p. 17. MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 47. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 90. Surenne (Dance Music of Scotland), 1852; pp. 72-73.
Recorded sources: Smithsonian Folkways Records, SFW CD 40507, The Beaton Family of Mabou - "Cape Breton Fiddle and Piano Music" (2004).
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