Alexander MacAskill Of Bernera, Harris jig

Also known as Alexander MacAskill Of Berneray.

There are 4 recordings of this tune.

Alexander MacAskill Of Bernera, Harris has been added to 2 tune sets.

Alexander MacAskill Of Bernera, Harris has been added to 19 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
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 |]
# Added by Josh .
2
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 |]

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.
https://thesession.org/tunes/1093
Bernera is likely a village on Great Bernera, a wee island off Harris in the Outer Hebrides.

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

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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