PS 177 – Black Donald’s March

      Fàilte Loch Iall

      Pìobaireachd Dhòmhnaill Duibh

Primary Sources

Pioberachd Mhic Dhonuil O.12:14 (Vol.II, p.152)
J [Black Donald’s March: first 2 bars] Triple Time Slow J:17v.8
Joseph MacDonald’s treatise (c. 1760), folio 17v

AC Pioberach Dhomnuill Duibh, or Cameron’s Gathering AC.1
D1 Piobaireachd Dhomhnuill / Duibh Black Donald Balloch of the Isles March D1.22: 106
K1 Piobaireachd Dhomhnuill Dhuibh / Black Donald Balloch of the Isles’s March… K1.82: 192
SC Failt Loch ial SC.16
Angus MacKay, ‘Specimens of Canntareachd’ (c. 1854), no. 16

Notes on Gaelic Titles

Fàilte Loch Iall the Cameron’s Gathering AC; Failt Loch ial SC. Lochiel’s Salute. This was a Cameron name for the tune which was also claimed for Clan Donald.The version in AC is a transcription made by Alexander Campbell from a canntaireachd manuscript of Niel Macleod of Gesto. From it Campbell derived the setting which he published in Albyn’s Anthology entitled Pibroch of Donuil Dubh, with words by Walter Scott (A. Campbell, Albyn’s anthology; or, a select collection of the melodies and vocal poetry peculiar to Scotland and the Isles… Oliver and Boyd, Edinburg, 2 vols [1816-18], vol i, pp. 82-89). Campbell also recorded for the first time the well known verse, Pioberach Dhomnall… Piob agus braddach air faich Inbhir-lochi. The 6/8 quickstep march, a ceòl beag form of the tune, is titled ‘Lochiel’s March’, variously spelled, in several sources. See F. Buisman, ‘Transformations of piobaireachd in 18th-century Music Collections’, edited by R. D. Cannon, to be published (n.d.). Mac Dhòmhnaill Duibh was the patronymic of Cameron of Lochiel, and the faiche at Inverlochy (cf Faicheachd Chlann Dòmhnaill, PS 277) was the traditional assembly ground of the Camerons.

Pìobaireachd Dhòmhnaill Duibh Pioberachd Mhic Dhonuil O; Piebroch Connel S; Pibroch gonnel S; Pioberach Dhomnuill Duidh AC; Pibroch of Donuil Dubh Albyn’s Anthology (A. Campbell, ibid., vol i, 1816, p. 90); Piobaireachd Dhomhnuill Duibh / Black Donald Balloch of the Isles March (and not Lochiel’s) to the first battle of Inverlochy 1427 D1 (the words in parentheses scratched out in almost all copies of D1, and omitted in editions from 1822 onward – see R.D. Cannon and K. Sanger, Donald MacDonald’s collection of piobaireachd. Volume 1 (1820), The Piobaireachd Society [2006], p. 132); Piobaireachd Dhomhnuill Dhuibh / Black Donald Balloch of the Isles’s March… K1. Pibroch of Donald Dubh. Conventionally Black Donald’s March. The first three citations above are from violin arrangements of the pibroch – see F. Buisman (n.d.) – the fourth from the piano arrangement made by Alexander Campbell from MacLeod of Gesto’s canntaireachd version. Walter Scott changed Dubh to Dhu in the title of his poem (A. Campbell, ibid., vol i, 1816, p. 90). The pibroch is now always named ‘Black Donald’s March’, while the corresponding melody in quickstep form is named ‘Pibroch of Donald Dhu’ in various spellings, except when called ‘Lochiel’s March’ or equivalent.

Roderick Cannon (2009)

Archive Recordings

1950 Mary Morrison: song
1953 Alasdair Boyd: song
1953 Duncan Lamont: Highland bagpipe
1956 Mary Morrison: song
1960 Donald MacIntyre: song
1981 George Moss: practice chanter & discussion
1984 Unknown: Highland bagpipe

Other Material

2012 William Donaldson: Set Tunes Notes

One thought on “PS 177 – Black Donald’s March

  1. http://www.tobarandualchais.co.uk/fullrecord/63838/1 John MacDonald 1961
    http://www.tobarandualchais.co.uk/fullrecord/94244/1 Nan MacKinnon 1958
    http://www.tobarandualchais.co.uk/fullrecord/100120/1 Mary Lamont (Mrs Neil Lamont) 1958
    http://www.tobarandualchais.co.uk/fullrecord/44689/1 Alasdair Boyd 1965

    How do we deal with the versions that are generally said to be “ceol beag”? If they are the same tunes, and have some vestigial set of variations? Some of them have become clearly a jig or tune with no trace of “cycle and motion”, but others seem to have partial or degraded versions of the cycles and motions presented by the full versions.

    I think we should include and investigate these variants, and not be blinkered into only seeing the “full on” pipe settings.

    e.g
    http://www.tobarandualchais.co.uk/fullrecord/56278/1 Anon fiddle, 1955

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