Lament for the Viscount of Dundee

Partial setting from MacDonald's Compleat Theory



The title, Lament for the Viscount of Dundee, or Cumha Chlaibhears refers to John Graham, 1st Viscount of Dundee, also known as the 7th Laird of Claverhouse until raised to the viscountcy in 1688, he was a Scottish soldier and nobleman, a Tory and an Episcopalian. Claverhouse was responsible for policing south-west Scotland during and after the religious unrest and rebellion of the 1670s/80s.

Performance Notes

The version in Campbell contains the phrase chelalhodin and there has been some debate about how exactly the lal should be played. MacKay has it like so, \relative a'' { \omit Staff.TimeSignature  \grace { g32 } e8.[ \grace { f16 d32 e } d16 c16 \grace { g32 } a8.] }, with a long F in the doubling-like figure, and \relative a'' { \omit Staff.TimeSignature  \grace { g32 } e8.[ \grace { f32 d e } d16 c16 \grace { g32 } a8.] } thereafter. Jimmy McIntosh, in his Understanding Piobaireachd article, suggests playing a regular doubling, \relative a'' { \omit Staff.TimeSignature  \grace { g32 } e8.[ \grace { g32 d e } d16 c16 \grace { g32 } a8.] } as General Thomason has it in Ceol Mor.