CRAIGELLACHIE LASSES, THE. Scottish, Jig. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Composed by Willaim Marshall (1748-1833). Craigellache is Gaelic for 'windy' (craig) rock (aileach), and refers to two rugged outcroppings in Bannfshire. Neil (1991) relates the westernmost (or upper) rock marked the boundary between Strathspey and Badenoch and was the wartime rallying point of the Clan Grant. The lower rock is located at the confluence of the Spey and Fiddich rivers and marks the point where the parishes of Aberlour, Hnockando and Boharin meet. The clan's crest incorporates the image of a mountain in flames to commemorate the old clan practice of lighting fires on the top of both rocks to call the clan to war. Similarly, the clan's armorial motto is "Stand Fast Craigellachie." There is a pipe tune called "Stad Creageilichie!" (Craigellachie, stand firm!) that derives from this connection.
Printed sources: Köhlers’ Violin Repository, Book 1, 1881-1885; p. 79. Marshall, Fiddlecase Edition, 1978; 1845 Collection, p. 4. Martin (Traditional Scottish Fiddling), 2002; p. 15. Neil (The Scots Fiddle), 1991; No. 66, p. 91.
Recorded sources: See Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index .
X:1 T:Craigellachie Lasses, The M:6/8 L:1/8 S:Marshall - 1845 Collection Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D A|d2 d dcB|A>BG F>ED|d2d d>cd|e>fd c>BG| d2d d>cB|A>BG F>ED|EC>A, A,>B,C|D3 D2|| f/g/|afd def|gec Ace|fdA GBe|ecA FGA| BGE EFG|AFD DFA|ECA, A,B,C|D3D2f/g/| afd afd|gec gec|fdA fdA|ecA ecA| BGB dcB|AFA Bcd|Bgf e>dc|d3 D2||
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