MacCrimmon's Lament

Date September 1953
Track ID 23050
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Track Information

Original Track ID

SA1953.196.12

Original Tape ID

SA1953.196

Summary

A lament for MacCrimmon, "that shall never return".

Item Notes

Two verses separated by one chorus.

This song is based on the pibroch 'Cha Till e Tuille - Cumha Mhic Criomain' (No More Returning - MacCrimmon's Lament), said to have been composed in 1745 by Donald Ban MacCrimmon after a premonition of his own death. MacCrimmon was indeed killed during the Rout of Moy shortly afterwards. His sister is said to have composed the verses that gave rise to so many Gaelic, and later Scots and English, variants, with her brother's pibroch serving as the basis for the tune of the song.

Item Subject/Person

MacCrimmon, Donald Ban

Recording Location

County - Aberdeenshire

Parish - Fraserburgh

Village/Place - Fraserburgh

Language

Scots

Genre

Song

Collection

SoSS

Classification

R5134;