Alexander MacAskill Of Bernera, Harris jig

Also known as Alexander MacAskill Of Berneray.

There are 3 recordings of a tune by this name.

Alexander MacAskill Of Bernera, Harris has been added to 12 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Alexander MacAskill Of Bernera, Harris
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|: EEE BAF | ADF EEE | Edc BAF | AFA BAF |
EEE BAF | ADF EEE | Edc BAF | AFA B3 :|
|: d2 e dBB | AFA DFF | d2 e dBB | AFA B3 |
[1 d2 e dBB | AFA DFF | d2 c BAF | AFA B3 :|
[2 EEE BAF | ADF EEE | Edc BAF | AFA B3 ||
|: EEE BAF | AAA DFF | AAA DFF | BAF ADF |
EEE BAF | AAA DFF | d2 c BAF | AFA B3 :|
|: ABB Bcd | eBe dBB | AFA DFF | AAA BAF |
[1 ABB Bcd | eBe dBB | d2 c BAF | AFA B3 :|
[2 EEE BAF | AAA DFF | d2 c BAF | AFA B3 |]
ABC
X: 2
T: Alexander MacAskill Of Bernera, Harris
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|: AAA edB | dGB AAA | Agf edB | dBd edB |
AAA edB | dGB AAA | Agf edB | dBd e3 :|
|: g2 a gee | dBd GBB | g2 a gee | dBd e3 |
[1 g2 a gee | dBd GBB | g2 f edB | dBd e3 :|
[2 AAA edB | dGB AAA | Agf edB | dBd e3 ||
|: AAA edB | ddd GBB | ddd GBB | edB dGB |
AAA edB | ddd GBB | g2 f edB | dBd e3 :|
|: dee efg | aea gee | dBd GBB | ddd edB |
[1 dee efg | aea gee | g2 f edB | dBd e3 :|
[2 AAA edB | ddd GBB | g2 f edB | dBd e3 |]
ABC

Four comments

Written by Dr. John McAskill. Transcribed from the Peatbog Faeries’ recording on Faerie Stories (played there in B flat dorian). The tune can be found in Part 2 of the Seumas MacNeill Bagpipe Collection. It’s also played on Capercaillie’s Crosswinds album, but I didn’t notice this until the night I wrote up the transcription.
Alexander? Probably a relative - Lexy was.
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1093
Bernera is likely a village on Great Bernera, a wee island off Harris in the Outer Hebrides.

Scrap that, it’s probably just the island itself.

The pipe tune…

Same setting (which seems to be bang on) transposed up to its original key:

X:1
T: Alexander MacAskill Of Bernera, Harris
C: Dr. John MacAskill
R: Jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|: AAA edB | dGB AAA | Agf edB | dBd edB |
AAA edB | dGB AAA | Agf edB | dBd e3 :|
|: g2 a gee | dBd GBB | g2 a gee | dBd e3 |
[1 g2 a gee | dBd GBB | g2 f edB | dBd e3 :|
[2 AAA edB | dGB AAA | Agf edB | dBd e3 ||
|: AAA edB | ddd GBB | ddd GBB | edB dGB |
AAA edB | ddd GBB | g2 f edB | dBd e3 :|
|: dee efg | aea gee | dBd GBB | ddd edB |
[1 dee efg | aea gee | g2 f edB | dBd e3 :|
[2 AAA edB | ddd GBB | g2 f edB | dBd e3 |]

Alexander MacAskill

You ae indeed correct. Alexander was John MacAskills father.

Lexie MacAskill - composed for mother
Alexander MacAskill - composed for father
Alina MacAskill - composed for sister.

Hope this helps