OT: 5 January 1901 – “‘Se Crìoch Gach Comunn Dealachadh” Iain MacCalum

 The Oban Times, January 5, 1901

Sir, –Correspondents of the “Oban Times” have frequently complained that there was no proper Gaelic Parting Song, which could be sung on any occasion, like “Auld Lang Syne.” The accompanying song was composed by Donald Mackechnie, Edinburgh, and appeared in the “Oban Times” many years ago. It appears to me to be the most suitable for the purpose, and I suppose the reason why it was not adopted at once was that it had part of the refrain and was set to the melody of “Fionnairidh.” I have composed the accompanying melody, and got it harmonized for the purpose of bringing the song to the popular notice, and will be pleased if you can find it a place in the “Oban Times.” –I am, etc.,

Iain MacCalum