BOW BRIG. Scottish, March (4/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning. AABBCCDD. For 150 years the stone Bow bridge, a one-arch span over the River Lossie between Elgin and New Spymie, was the only dry crossing in the region. Begun in 1630 by the magistrates of the town of Elgin, it took five years to complete but greatly improved commerce between the towns and the surrounding countryside, states J. Murray Neil (1991). The melody was composed by fiddler William Macpherson (1914–1974) of Elgin in Moray, a veteran of dance bands, traditional orchestras and radio performances.
Printed sources: Bennett (Willie Macpherson: The Elgin Fiddler), 2006; no. 2, p. 49. Neil (The Scots Fiddle), 1991; No. 57, p. 79.