The Marchioness Of Tullibardine march

Also known as The Burra Isle War Dance, The Marchioness Of Tullibardine March, The Marchioness Of Tullibardine’s Welcome To Blair Castle, The Marchioness Of Tullybardine, Tullybardine.

There are 5 recordings of this tune.

The Marchioness Of Tullibardine has been added to 8 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Marchioness Of Tullibardine
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
e/d/|cB/A/ A/<A/c/<A/ c/<e/A/<f/ e/<A/c/<A/|gd/e/ d/<G/B/<G/ B/<d/G/<B/ gB/G/|
cB/A/ A/<A/c/<A/ c/<e/A/<f/ e/<A/c/<A/|B/<d/G/<B/ gd/B/ cA/>A/ A:|
|:g|ag/>f/ e/<A/c/<A/ c/<e/A/<f/ e/<A/c/<A/|gf/e/ d/<G/B/<G/ B/<d/G/<B/ gB/G/|
[1 A/<a/g/<a/ e/<A/c/<A/ c/<e/A/<f/ e/<A/c/<A/|B/<d/G/<B/ gd/B/ cA/>A/ A:|
[2 cB/c/ dc/d/ ed/f/ e/<A/c/<A/|B/<d/G/<B/ gd/B/ cA/>A/ A||
|:a|A/<A/c/<A/ e/<A/c/<A/ c/<e/A/<f/ e/<A/c/<A/|c/<e/A/<e/ B/<G/d/<G/ B/<d/G/<B/ gB/G/|
A/<A/c/<A/ e/<A/c/<A/ c/<e/A/<f/ e/<A/c/<A/|B/<d/G/<B/ gd/B/ cA/>A/ A:|
|:g|a/>e/c/<e/ A/>e/c/<A/ c/<e/A/>f/ e/<A/c/<A/|g/>d/B/<d/ G/>d/B/<G/ B/<d/G/<B/ gB/G/|
[1a/>e/c/<e/ A/>e/c/<A/ c/<e/A/>f/ e/<A/c/<A/|B/<d/G/<B/ gd/B/ cA/>A/ A:|
[2 cB/d/ c/<A/e/<A/ c/<e/A/>f/ e/<A/c/<A/|B/<d/G/<B/ gd/B/ cA/>A/ A||
X: 2
T: The Marchioness Of Tullibardine
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
ed|c2BA AAcA|ceAf eAcA|G2de dGBG|BdGB g2BG|
c2BA AAcA|ceAf eAcA|BdGd g2BG|c2A2 A2:|
g2|a2gf eAcA|ceAf eAcA|g2fe dGBG|BdGd g2BG|
Aa^ga eAcA|ceAf eAcA|BdGd g2BG|c2A2 A3^g|
a2gf eAcA|ceAf eAcA|g2fe dGBG|BdGB g2BG|
c2Bc d2cd|edef eAcA|BdGd g2BG|{d}c2A2 A4||

Five comments

The Marchioness Of Tullibardine’s Welcome to Blair Castle

This is the setting (without the gracing) from David Glen’s Collection of Highland Bagpipe Music, Book 10, and presented as a quickstep. It is attributed to Charles Duff of Donavourd (or “Dunavourd”, “Donavourdie” just south of Pitlochry), in 1863 (the year makes sense). I can’t find much about the composer except that he won the “best piper” award at the ‘reconstructed’ 1st Highland Games at Pitlochry in 1852. Some pipe books list the composer as an “A Duff”.
1863 was the year that Louisa Montcreiff (1844-1902) married John James Hugh Henry Stewart-Murray, who was then the Marquess of Tullibardine (a title given at birth to the first born son of the Duke of Atholl, until he inherits his father’s title), and became the 7th Duke of Atholl a year after the marriage. The full title of the tune “The Marchioness Of Tullibardine’s Welcome to Blair Castle” would be quite fitting under these circumstances, as Louisa would have moved in the same year as the tune was composed.
There are a couple of tunes composed by a “Marchioness of Tullibardine”, but that was the daughter-in-law of the subject of this tune (Kitty Ramsay). Louisa died of a heart attack whilst travelling in Italy.

Tullibardine is an area near Blackford, in Perthshire.

This is the only setting I’ve come across in 4/4, the other examples all presented as 2/4 marches (usually without dotted notes).

There is a setting by Scott Skinner here:
I’ve also added a setting from the Skye Collection (changed to Amix).

I should also mention that this tune is used for a Shetland dance “The Burra Isle War Dance”, which is a solo “tap” dance, where a male dancer impresses the audience (the female ones nae doot), other dancers following in succession until the best one is chosen (much in the way the Norwegian halling is performed- though the dance is not the same). Apparently the one who puts in the most steps is chosen - “the dance ends with a considerable jump in the air, finishing in a sitting posture”.;jsessionid=76101FFFAF6B2845EACEEF4492561655.

I love it. Now to see if I can find our Robichaud Brothers recording of this, hoping it’s not amongst the missing. Do you know of any other recordings? “Presented as a quickstep” eh!? Hmmmmm. How is it notated in the Glen collection?

I see it is also listed, transcribed and played as a march (quickstep), as you’d previously mentioned…

Oops - it should be “Moncreiffe”.

It’s probably been recorded by many, but none come to mind except that Robichaud Brothers recording (which inspired this submission). I’ve found a couple of Ken Perlman videos - one here: