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Piobaireachd Manuscripts - Angus MacKay's Manuscript


Angus MacKay’s MS, was compiled during the 1830’s and early ’40s by Angus MacKay, principle piper to Queen Victoria from 1843 to 1854.   It contains almost 200 tunes and is one of the largest MS collection assembled during the 19th century.  The manuscript is written out in fair copy using shorthand conventions pioneered by John MacGregor in the MacArthur - MacGregor MS.  The contents include transcripts from existing MS sources, and material collected from Angus’s father, John MacKay, and other tradition-bearers.  The thorough and systematic nature of Angus MacKay’s  work suggests a mind of great energy and ability.  He marks the transition of piping from an oral to a predominantly literate mode and his notational style is characterised by a concern to develop a simplified and standardised approach to ornament, and to reduce the rhythmical ambiguities of earlier scores by specifying note values with a new precision. Although the suggestion that all later piper-editors simply copied Angus MacKay’s work has no foundation, his influence on later collectors and editors was very great.  


Abercairney's Lament MacCrimmon's Sweetheart
Battle of Athole MacDonald of Boisdale's Salute
Battle of Auldearn MacDonald of Kinlochmoidart's Lament
Battle of Balladruishaig MacDonald of Kinlochmoidart's Salute
Battle of Bealach nam Brog MacDonalds are Simple
Battle of Glenshiel MacDonalds of Clanranald's Gathering
Battle of Lochcarron Point MacDonalds of Clanranald's Gathering; Battle of Sheriffmuir
Battle of Sheriffmuir MacDougall's Gathering
Battle of the Bridge of Perth MacDougall's Salute
Battle of the Pass of Crieff (The Laird of Coll's Barge) MacIntosh of Borlum's Salute
Battle of the Red Hill MacIntyres' Salute
Battle of Waternish Mackenzie of Gairloch's Salute
Beinn a' Ghriann MacLeans' Gathering
Beloved Scotland MacLeod of Gesto's Salute
Ben Cruachan MacLeod of Talisker's Salute
Black Donald's March MacLeod's Short Tune (A Taunt on MacLeod)
Blind Piper's Obstinacy Marion's Wailing
Brother's Lament Mary's Praise
Camerons' Gathering (The Gathering of the Clans) Melbank's Salute
Catherine's Lament Mrs MacLeod of Talisker's Salute
Catherine's Salute Mrs. Smith's Salute
Chisholm of Strathglass's Salute (The MacKay's March) Nameless, Hiemto cherede, cherede cherede
Clan Campbell's Gathering Nameless, Hien cheve, cheen cheo
Clan Chattan's Gathering Nameless, Hienotrao hiobandreo
Clan Ranald's Tutor Nameless, Hiharin hiento
Cluny Macpherson's March Nameless, Hiharin hihioedre, hiharin hihioenem
Cluny Macpherson's Salute Nameless, Hiharinhioen, hiodroenhioen
Colin Roy Mackenzie's Lament Nameless, Hiharinodin, hiharindro, hiemenodin hiementra
Daughter's Lament Nameless, Hihio tro tro
Desperate Battle (Cachullin) Nameless, Hihorodo hao
Desperate Battle of the Birds Nameless, Hindohindo, hindorodin
Dispraise of MacLeod Nameless, Hindohinto, hinocheve
Donald Gruamach's March Parading of the MacDonalds
Drizzle on the Stone Park Piobaireachd (1)
Duke of Hamilton's March (Lament for the Duke of Hamilton) Park Piobaireachd (2)
Duke of Perth's Lament Pride of Barra (MacNeill of Barra's Lament) (1)
Duncan Macrae of Kintail's Lament (1) Pride of Barra (MacNeill of Barra's Lament) (2)
Duncan Macrae of Kintail's Lament (2) Prince's Salute
Duntroon's Salute (MacDonald's Salute) Queen Anne's Lament
Earl of Antrim's Lament Salute on the Birth of Rory Mor MacLeod 
End of the Great Bridge Salute to Inverary
End of the Little Bridge Scarce of Fishing
Ewen of the Battles Sir John Garbh MacLean of Coll's Lament
Extirpation of the Tinkers by the King's Order Sobieski's Salute
Fair Honey Sound of the Waves against Duntroon
Fare thee well, Donald Sutherlands' Gathering
Finlay's Lament (1) The Bard's Lament
Flame of Wrath for Squinting Peter The Bicker: Two faced Englishman
Frasers' Salute The Big Spree
Fuinachair The Blue Ribbon
Glengarry's March The Boat Tune
Grain in Hides and Corn in Sacks The Comely Tune
Highland Society of London's Salute The Company's Lament
Home thoughts from Bengall The Crunluath Tune
I am proud to play a pipe The End of Ishberry Bridge
Inverness Piobaireachd The Fairy Flag
John Ciar's Lament (1) The Finger Lock
John Ciar's Lament (2) The Frenzy of Meeting
King James's Salute The Frisky Lover
King's Taxes The Groat
Lachlan MacNeill Campbell of Kintarbert's Fancy The Hen's March o'er the Midden
Lachlan Macneill Campbell of Kintarbert's Salute The King's Taxes
Lady Anapool's Lament The Little Finger Tune
Lady Margaret MacDonald's Salute The Little Spree (You are drunk You've drank a quart)
Laird of Anapool's Lament The MacKay's March
Laird of Contullich's Lament The Men went to Drink
Lament for Alasdair Dearg MacDonald of Glengarry The Middling Spree
Lament for Captain Donald Mackenzie The Old Men of the Shells
Lament for Captain MacDougall The Old Woman's Lullaby
Lament for Donald Ban MacCrimmon The Parading of the MacDonalds
Lament for Donald of Laggan The Red Ribbon
Lament for Hector Roy MacLean The Red Speckled Bull (The British Army)
Lament for Lord MacDonald The Rout of Glenfruin
Lament for MacDonald's Tutor The Rout of the Lowland Captain
Lament for MacSwan of Roaig The Rout of the MacPhees
Lament for Mary MacLeod The Sauntering
Lament for Ronald MacDonald of Morar The Sister's Lament
Lament for Sir James MacDonald of the Isles (1) The Stewarts' White Banner
Lament for Sir James MacDonald of the Isles (2) The Sword's Lament
Lament for the Castle of Dunyveg The Tune of Strife
Lament for the Children The Unjust Incarceration
Lament for the Dead The Waking of the Bridegroom
Lament for the Departure of King James Too long in this condition
Lament for the Duke of Hamilton Tulloch Ard (1)
Lament for the Great Supper Tulloch Ard (2)
Lament for the Little Supper We will take the Highway
Lament for the Old Sword Weighing from Land
Lament for the Only Son Welcome Johnny Back Again
Lament for the Union Young George's Salute
Lament for Young Allan Young Neill's Salute
Leaving Kintyre (1) You're Welcome Ewan Locheil
Leaving Kintyre (2) INDEX – VOLUME ONE (English and Gaelic)
Lord Breadalbane's March INDEX – VOLUME TWO (English and Gaelic)

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