Colonel Robertson (1)

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 Theme code Index    3H565 3H562H
 Also known as    Massacre of Glencoe (2) (The)
 Composer/Core Source    Pipe Major Farquhar Beaton
 Region    Scotland, Canada
 Genre/Style    Cape Breton/PEI, Scottish
 Meter/Rhythm    March/Marche
 Key/Tonic of    D
 Accidental    2 sharps
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    6/8
 History    CANADA(Maritimes/English)
 Structure    AABB'
 Editor/Compiler    Ralph Sweet
 Book/Manuscript title    Fifer's Delight (The)
 Tune and/or Page number    p. 40
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1963
 Artist    Boys of the Lough
 Title of recording    Piper's Broken Finger (The)
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    Philo 1042
 Year recorded    1976
 Score   ()   

COLONEL ROBERTSON [1]. AKA and see "Massacre of Glencoe (2) (The)." Scottish, Canadian; March (6/8 time). D Major (Miller & Perron, Perlman, Sweet): G Major (Sweet). Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'B (Miller & Perron, 2nd Ed.): AABB' (Miller & Perron): AABB'CC (Perlman): AA'BB'CC' (Sweet). The march was composed by Pipe Major Farquhar Beaton originally as "Colonel D.M. Robertson", and was dedicated to a Colonel and commanding officer of the 48th Battalion (Highlanders), a unit raised in 1891 as part of the Canadian Militia, renamed The 48th Highlanders of Canada in 1930. Beaton was Pipe Major with the 48th from 1900-1913. The melody is still played by the unit when the commanding officer's march is called for.
The tune is commonly used for patterned couple dance called "The Roberts."

Source for notated version: Jimmy Halliday (b. 1924, Eldon, Queen's County, Prince Edward Island) [Perlman].

Printed sources: Martin (Ceol na Fidhle), vol. 4, 1991; p. 13. Miller & Perron (Irish Traditional Fiddle Music), 1977; vol. 3, No. 51. Miller & Perron (Irish Traditional Fiddle Music), 2nd Edition, 2006; p. 19. Perlman (The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island), 1996; p. 138. Sweet (Fifer's Delight), 1964/1981; p. 40 (two versions in different keys).

Recorded source: Philo 1042, Boys of the Lough - "The Piper's Broken Finger" (1976).

T:Colonel Robertson [1]
a | fed A2d | BGB A2a | fed A2d | c2e e2a | 
fed A2d | BGB A2d | BGd cAe | d3 z2 :|| 
f/g/ | afd f2a | fef def | gfg ecA |1 gfg efg | 
afd f2a | fef d2A | BGd cAe | d3 z2 :|
|2 gfg e2A | dfA ece | faf d2A | BGd cAe | d3 z2 ||