Bow Brig

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 Theme code Index    1H1H55 331H5
 Also known as    
 Composer/Core Source    Biography:William Macpherson
 Region    Scotland
 Genre/Style    Scottish
 Meter/Rhythm    March/Marche
 Key/Tonic of    
 Time signature    4/4
 Structure    AABBCCDD
 Editor/Compiler    Biography:Murray Neil
 Book/Manuscript title    Book:Scots Fiddle (The)
 Tune and/or Page number    No. 57, p. 79
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1991
 Title of recording    
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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.