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DORNOCH LINKS. AKA and see "Billy Malley's Schottische," "Joe Bane's (5)." Scottish, Pipe March or Quickstep (2/4 time). A Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Gunn): AABB (Kerr, Martin). Dornoch Links is one of the earliest locations where the game of golf is recorded to have been played, in 1616, although formal permission to play was only granted to the Sutherland Golfing Society in 1877. Dornoch is about an hour north of Inverness, in the Scottish Highlands. The march has been attributed [1] to John MacDonald (1821-1893) of Tiree, a pipe major for the 79th Cameron Highlanders from 1840-1849 and composer of the popular "79th's Farewell to Gibralter" and "Lord Panmure's March."

"Dornoch Links" appeared to musicologist Samuel Bayard (1981) to be a set of the derivative melody he collected in southwestern Pennsylvania as "Hazel Dean (1)." "Fill the Stoup" has a similar harmonic and melodic pattern, but is a different melody.

A version of the tune is played in East County Clare as a barndance or schottische under the title "Joe Bane's (5)" and "Billy Malley's Schottische" after a tin whistle player and fiddler, respectively, from the region who were sometime playing partners.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: William Gunn (The Caledonian Repository of Music Adapted for the Bagpipes), Glasgow, 1848; p. 80. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 1), c. 1880; No. 11, p. 48. Martin (Ceol na Fidhle, vol. 3), 1988; p. 14.

Recorded sources: Parlophone E3724 (78 RPM), Robert Kirk (2nd in set with "Oh Nannie" and "Miss Rattray").

See also listing at:
Hear fiddler Robert Kirk's 78 RPM recording at the Internet Archive [1] [2]
Hear the tune played on mouth organ at Tobar an Dualchais [3][4]




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  1. Bridget MacKenzie, Piping Traditions of the North of Scotland, 1998