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.
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:
T: Alexander MacAskill Of Bernera, Harris
C: Dr. John MacAskill
|: 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 |]
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