Notes on Gaelic Titles
A’ Bhòilich A Bhoalaich / An intended Lament D1; A Bhòilich / The Vaunting KB; Bollich SC. Conventionally ‘The Vaunting’, but Donald MacDonald (D2) implies a different interpretation. His story is that the tune was composed by while the subject was still alive, but ill and expecting to die, but when he heard it played he was so delighted that he recovered. When asked what he would do with the tune, the subject replied ‘We’ll make a Boalich of it’ which according to MacDonald ‘signifies Drollery’. But MacKay (KB, p.8) calls it ‘Boasting’ and Dwelly defines it as ‘idle talk, vain boasting, blustering, bombast’. In old competition records the name is also translated as ‘The Rage of Drunkenness’, according to the Piobaireachd Society editors (PS Book 7, p. 194).