Ross’ Pipe Music, Revised Edition Compiled and Edited by Uilleam Ross, Queen’s Piper
Not to be mistaken for Pipe Major Willie Ross of Edinburgh Castle, William Ross (1823-1891) was Piper to Queen Victoria from the time Angus Mackay was committed to an insane asylum in 1854 until his own death in 1891. He was also a pipemaker – though Henry Starck made most of his instruments — and a significant compiler of pipe music.
Of this collection, Dr. William Donaldson says in The Highland Pipe and Scottish Society, 1750-1950:
Every piobaireachd in the collection is published in staff notation for the first time, and these include some of the greatest tunes in the tradition, such as “The Lament for the Children,” “Scarce of Fishing,” “The Lament for Donald Ban MacCrimmon,” “In Praise of Morag,” “MacCrimmon’s Sweetheart,” “The Lament for Mary MacLeod,” “The Battle of the Past of Crieff,” “The Lament for the Only Son,” “The Old Woman’s Lullaby,” and “The Blue Ribbon.”
The light music section was also innovative. It contained early versions of a good many tunes which were to become standard pieces, including the marches “The Marchioness of Tullibardine,” “The Edinburgh Volunteers,” “The Balmoral Highlanders,” “The Abercairny Highlanders,” “The Glengarry Gathering,” “The Stirlingshire Militia,” “The Atholl Highlanders March to Loch Katrine,” “The 74th’s Farewell to Edinburgh,” “Highland Wedding,” “Leaving Glenurquhart,” and “the 71st Highlanders”….
The book contains more than 30 piobaireachd and nearly 300 pieces of light music. It went through numerous editions and publications and was still being published and advertised as late as 1925. This particular book was probably published shortly after 1916. It measures 14” x 10.5” and is in excellent condition.
On the inside facing page, in beautiful calligraphy, is the inscription “To George Taylor Gordon from his Mother and Sister, Christmas 1927.” Click here to see the Table of Contents.
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