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Piobaireachd Manuscripts - Nether Lorn Manuscript


Colin Campbell’s Instrumental Book, 1797. Colin Mór Campbell was the leading member of a dynasty of pipers in Argyllshire in the 18th and early 19th centuries. He was piper to John Campbell, 4th Earl of Breadalbane on the latter’s western estates at Ardmaddy in Argyllshire, and compiled his extensive manuscript collection--often called “The Nether Lorn MS” (after the district in which he lived)—during the closing years of the 18th century. Colin Mór developed a highly systematised version of written canntaireachd or syllabic notation. Two volumes survive from what may originally have been three, and they contain 169 tunes, some 70 of these not recorded in other sources. Although staff notation as pioneered by Joseph and Donald MacDonald was shortly to carry all before it, Colin Campbell’s development of the vocalic notation to its highest point remains a uniquely valuable cultural document. Pipers often administered the estates on which they lived, and although we know little of Colin’s life and circumstances, we can infer a good deal from his written work. His stylish italic hand shows he was no stranger to the pen, and the fact that he was literate both in Gaelic and English--then a rare accomplishment--suggests that he was a man of education and culture. The tonally systematic approach to the organisation of the collection in which tunes are grouped according to their opening gestures in a sequence rising step by step up the chanter, married to the artistic excellence of his arrangements (although these are poorly represented in most modern staff notated versions) indicate the presence of an exceptional musical talent.


A Glase McNabs' Gathering
A Glass (2) MacNeill of Barra's Lament
Airds Lament MacNeils March
Airds March Marion's Wailing
Argyle's Salute Mary's Praise
Battle of Auldearn Massacre of Glencoe
Battle of Lochcarron Point McIvers March
Battle of the Pass of Crieff McNeil is tighearn ann
Black Wedders White Tail Melford's March
Blind Piper's Obstinacy My King has landed in Moidart
Brother's Lament (2) Nameless: Chehotrao hodro, chehotra hodro
Camerons' Gathering (version one) Nameless: Cherede darievea cherede cherede
Camerons' Gathering (version two) Nameless: Hiharin dareche dareche hadareche
Capt. Archibald Campbell of Glenlyon's Lament Nameless: Hiharin himtra hihodrodrooche
Carwhin's Lament Nameless: Hiharin himtra hodrodrodro
Chisholm of Strathglass's Salute Nameless: Hiharin hiodrein hihodro dreodro
Clan Chattan's Gathering Nameless: Hiharin hioen hodroeo hoen
Clan Ranald's Tutor Nameless: Hiharin hodin hihorodovea
Craigellachie Nameless: Hiharinodin hiharindro, hiharinodin hiharindro
Croan air Euan Nameless: Hiharintra hotra
Dead's Lament Nameless: Hihio tro tro
Donald Gruamach's March Nameless: Hihorodo hiharara cherede cherede
Drizzle on the Stone Nameless: Hindohinto, hinocheve
Duke Hamilton's March Nameless: Hindorodin hindodre hiotrahodin hiotradare
Duke of Perth's March  Nameless: Hindre harodin hiodin hiharin
Dun Gallon's Lament Nameless: Hindreve hamhiotro
Duntroon's March Nameless: Hindro hindro hiotrodin hihamto
Earl of Ross's March Nameless: Hinodin hinodin hiohodin hiodin
End of the Little Bridge Nameless: Hinotrao hinotra himtodin himhintro
Euan a bachar shein mi shudar Nameless: Hioem trahaen trahioem bari chehen
Fair Honey Nameless: Hiorodotra cheredeche hiririhia cheredeotra
Fare thee well, Donald Nameless: Hiotrotraho hiobabem hinotreo hinem
Fhailt Dhute Donail Nameless: Hodin hiotra hodin hiotra hodin hiotra chelalhodin
Fhailt na Misk Old Sword’s Lament
Fhear pioba Metie One of the Deads Lament
Finlay's Lament  One of the Irish piobarich
Flame of Wrath for Squinting Peter Paigh bodaich nail ach Ruairie
Fraser's March Park Piobaireachd
Frasers' Salute (McGrigor's Gathering) Pioparich aon Cnochan
Glencow's March Pipers' Meeting
Grain in Hides and Corn in Sacks Porst na Lurkin
Gu math Slaint dhuit Donail Porst Ullar
Harrows March Port Marie
I am proud to play a pipe Pride of Barra
Isabel Mackay  (Clan Donald Roaich) Prinsah beg Sate loum a thu
John Ciar's Salute Queen Anne's Lament
Ken sso Lurrich Rory McLoude's Lament
Keppoch's March Salute on the Birth of Rory Mor MacLeod
Kinggarlochs March Salute to Inverary
Lady Anapool's Lament (MacAlaster's Lively Lament) Sinclairs' March (The Red Ribbon)
Laird of Contullich's Lament Sir John Garbh MacLean of Coll's Lament
Lament for Alasdair Dearg MacDonald of Glengarry Slanssuive
Lament for Donald Duaghal MacKay Sobieski's Salute
Lament for Donald of Laggan (One of the Cragich) Square Teas March
Lament for Hugh Sutherlands' Gathering
Lament for MacDonald's Tutor Sutherlands' March
Lament for MacSwan of Roaig Tavillich
Lament for Patrick Og MacCrimmon The Bicker (Robt. Sinclair's Wife Lament)
Lament for the Departure of King James The Blue Ribbon (The Tune of Strife)
Lament for the Harp Tree The Blue Ribbon (vol 2 version)
Lament for the Only Son The Carles with the Breeks
Lament for Viscount Dundee The Comely Tune
Leaving Kintyre The Daughter's Lament (The Sister's Lament)
Left Hand The End of Ishberry Bridge
Lochends March The Finger Lock
Lochnails Lament The Frenzy of Meeting
Lord Breadalbane's Gathering (The Carles with the Breeks) The Gordons' Salute
Lord Breadalbane's March The Groat
Lord Bredalbins wellcome to Scotland The Half Finished Piobaireachd
MacCrimmon will never return The Old Woman's Lullaby
MacCrimmon's Sweetheart The Red Ribbon (Sinclair's March)
MacDonald of Boisdale's Salute The Rout of Glenfruin
MacDonald of Kinlochmoidart's Lament The Rout of the Lowland Captain
MacDonalds are Simple The Rout of the MacPhees
MacDonalds' March The Sister's Lament
MacDonalds of Clanranald's Gathering The Stewarts' White Banner
MacDonalds' Salute The Tune of Strife (The Blue Ribbon)
MacIntyres' Salute The Unjust Incarceration
MacKinnon's Lament Too long in this condition
MacLeans' Gathering Variant of Port Marie
MacLean's March Welcome Johnny Back Again
MacLeod of Gesto's Salute (version one) White Wedder Black Tail
MacLeod of Gesto’s Salute (version two) Young George's Salute
MacLeod's Controversy Young Laird of Dungallon's Salute
MacLeod's Short Tune Title Page and Volume One Index
MacMhic Alisters Dead Lament Volume Two Index
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