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Scotish Minstrel Miscellany

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The music here is from a series of books I lent Paul Burns out the RSH archive, ‘Scotish Minstrel’ (undated 19thC publications). He has very wonderfully provided these for us from them.

Jenny has kindly loaned to me some rare books in her ‘Scotish Minstrel’ collection of Vocal melodies.

This tune can be found in volume 5 and is song 2 entitled ‘The Bonnie Breast Knots.’

The title refers to a lady’s “breast knot” – the decoration of ribbons on the bodice of a woman’s dress.

Headphones recommended.

Braes O’ Killicrankie is from volume 4 of the ‘Scotish Minstrel Collection’. The Battle of Killiecrankie was fought in June, 1689.

Where hae ye been sae braw, lad?

Where hae ye been sae brankie-o?

Where hae ye been sae braw, lad?

Cam’ ye by Killiecrankie-o?

An’ ye had been where I hae been

Ye wadna been sae cantie-o

An’ ye had seen what I hae seen

On the braes o’ Killiecrankie-o

I fought at land, I fought at sea

At hame I fought my auntie-o

But I met the Devil and Dundee

On the braes o’ Killiecrankie-o

The bauld pitcur fell in a furr

And Clavers gat a clankie-o

Or I had fed an Athol gled

On the braes o’ Killiecrankie-o

This tune title in the ‘Scotish Minstrel’ is  ‘Strathearn.’

The tune is actually titled ‘Miss Carmichael’s Minuet’ (Circa 1768).

A poem accompanies the tune, entitled ‘Adieu To Strathearn,’ by Carolina Oliphant (1766 to 1845), Baroness Nairn.

Strathearn, oh! how shall I quit thy sweet groves?

How bid thee a long, oh! an endless adieu?

Sad memory over such happiness roves,

As not hope’s own magic can never renew.

Sweet scene of my childhood, delight of my youth!

Thy far-winding waters no more I must see;

Thy high-wavering bowers, thy gay woodland flowers,

They wave now, they bloom now, no longer for me.

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