A Cholla Mo Rùin
Date November 1963
Track ID 32103
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Track Information

Original Track ID

SA1963.97.A3

Original Tape ID

SA1963.097

Summary

In this fragment of a pibroch song the singer warns Colla to avoid the fort.

Item Notes

Recorded in the School of Scottish Studies. 4 lines sung. This is a fragment of a song associated with the pibroch sometimes called "The Piper's Warning to His Master". The pibroch, and the words of this song, are linked with a story which tells how Colla MacDonald (Colkitto / Colla Ciotach) was saved by his piper, who played this tune as a warning to his master to stay away from the castle, as his enemies were waiting there for his arrival. According to the story, the piper lost his life as a result of his action.

See:
'Ancient Pibroch' (D. Glen)
Folksongs and Folklore of South Uist (M. F. Shaw) p. 130

Item Subject/Person

Colla MacDonald [Colkitto] [Colla Ciotach]

Recording Location

County - Midlothian

Parish - Edinburgh

Village/Place - Edinburgh

Language

Gaelic

Genre

Song

Collection

SoSS

Transcription

'S a Cholla mo rùin,
Seachain an dùn.
Seachain an dùn.
Seachain an dùn.
A Cholla mo rùin,
Seachain an dùn.
Tha mise fo làimh.
Tha mise fo làimh.