OT: 5 April 1913 – The Early History of the MacCrimmons

The Oban Times, 5 April, 1913 The Early History of The MacCrimmons Related by Themselves to Captain MacLeod of Gesto By Dr. K. N. MacDonald It appears that in 1826 the late Capt. Neil MacLeod of Gesto wrote a history of the McCrimmons or McCrummens, embracing a great many tunes in the MacCrimmon system of […]

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OT: 19 June 1915 Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness

The Oban Times, 19 June, 1915 Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness. Volume XXVII. 1908-1911 It is almost certain that everyone interested in Celtic matters will hail with warm welcome another of these long familiar green-covered, red-edged volumes. It must be a matter of gratification to the Society, to know that this latest volume […]

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OT: 18 December 1915 – J.P.M. “The Chanter Scale”

The Oban Times, 18 December, 1915 The Chanter Scale. Tain, 10 December, 1915 Sir,–The slow progress of this discussion seems to be due to my intrusion with the “five note” theory, and if, instead of shedding light upon a dark subject, the advent of such an “unknown” quantity has only deepened the gloom, I fear […]

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OT: 18 December 1915 – John Grant [“The Bagpipe Scale”]

The Oban Times, 18 December, 1915 [The Bagpipe Scale] 27 Comely Bank Street, Edinburgh, 6 December, 1915 Sir,–Your correspondent has left the subject entirely in your last week’s issue. “Ca’ the yowes tae the Knowes” and “When the kye comes hame” are not pipe tunes. Doubtless the great MacCrimmons had “sheep” and “kye,” but if […]

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OT: 18 December 1915 – J.P.M. [“The Bagpipe Scale”]

The Oban Times, 18 December, 1915 [The Bagpipe Scale] Tain, 13 December, 1915 Sir,– The test proposed by “Feadan” in your last issue is hardly a fair one. It is true that by blowing hard enough the pitch of G can be heightened to G sharp, but “Feadan” forgets that the pitch of all the […]

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OT: 18 December 1915 – G. Fingland “The Bagpipe Scale”

The Oban Times, 18 December, 1915  The Bagpipe Scale  Braehead Villa, Catheart, 13 December, 1915  Sir,–The scale of the bagpipe is clearly taken from the earliest form of the musical scale set down by Pythagoras about the end of the sixth century B.C. The scale is as follows:–  (s)   l   t   d¹   r¹   m¹   f¹  […]

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