Irene Meldrum’s Welcome To Bon Accord march

By William G. Meldrum

Also known as Miss Irene Meldrum’s Welcome To Bon Accord.

There are 6 recordings of this tune.

Irene Meldrum’s Welcome To Bon Accord has been added to 2 tune sets.

Irene Meldrum's Welcome To Bon Accord has been added to 20 tunebooks.

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Four settings

1
X: 1
T: Irene Meldrum's Welcome To Bon Accord
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
a>g f>e d<f A2|A>d B<A d>A B2|A>B d>e f<d a>f|e<d f2 e2e2|
a>g f>e d<f A2|A>d B<A d>A B2|A>B d>A d2 e>f|a<e f2 d2d>e:|
f>g a>g f<a f>e|d>e f<a f<A B2|A>B d>e f<d a>f|e<df2 e2e2|
f>g a>g f<a f>e|d>e f<a f<A B2|A>B d>A d2 e>f|a<e f2d2d>e|
f>g a>g f<a f>e|d>e f<a f<A B2|A>B d>e f<d a>f|e<df2 e2e2|
a>g f>e d<f A2|A>d B<A d>A B2|A>B d>A d2 e>f|a<e f2 d2d2|
|:f2A2 A>B A>B|d>A B<e d<AB2|A>B d>e f<d a>f|e<df2 e2e2|
f2A2 A>B A>B|d>A B<e d<AB2|A>B d>A d2 e>f|a<e f2 d2d>e:|
f>g a>g f<a g>f|e<g f>e d<f e>A|c<e d>e f<d a>f|e<df2 e2e2|
f>g a>g f<a g>f|e<g f>e d<f e>A|c<e d>A d2 e>f|a<e f2 d2d>e|
f>g a>g f<a g>f|e<g f>e d<f e>A|c<e d>e f<d a>f|e<df2 e2e2|
2
X: 2
T: Irene Meldrum's Welcome To Bon Accord
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
a>g|f>ed<f A>AA>d|B<Ad>A B2 A>B|d2 f>d a>fe<d|f2 e2 e2 a>g|
f>ed<f A>AA>d|B<Ad>A B2 A>B|d2 c<d e>fa>e|f2 d2 d<d:|
f>g|a>gf<a f>ed>e|f<ae<A B2 A>B|d2 f>d a>fe<d|f2 e2 e2 f>g|
a>gf<a f>ed>e|f<ae<A B2 A>B|d2 c<d e>fa>e|f2 d2 d<df>g|
a>gf<a f>ed>e|f<ae<A B2 A>B|d2 f>d a>fe<d|f2 e2 e2 a>g|
f>ae<f e>de>f|a<ef>d B2 A>B|d2 c>d e>fa>e|f2 d2 d<d|
|:f2|A>AA>B A<Bd>A|B<ed>A B2 A>B|d2 f>d a>fe<d|f2 e2 e2 f2|
A>AA>B A<Bd>A|B<ed>A B2 A>B|d2 c>d e>fa>e|f2 d2 d<d:|
3
X: 3
T: Irene Meldrum's Welcome To Bon Accord
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:a>g|f>e d<f A>A A>d|B>A d<A B2 A>B|d2 f>d a>f e<d|f2 e2 e2 a>g|
f>e d<f A>A A>d|B>A d<A B2 A>B|d2 c>d e>f a<e|f2 d2 d<d:|
|:f>g|a>g f<a f>e d>e|f<a f<A B2 A>B|d2 f>d a>f e<d|f2 e2 e2 [1 f>g|
a>g f<a f>e d>e|f<a f<A B2 A>B|d2 c>d e>f a<e|f2 d2 d<d:|
[2 a>g|f<a e>f e>d e>f|a>e f<d B2 A>B|d2 c>d e>f a<e|f2 d2 d<d
|:f2|A<A A>B A>B d>A|B<e d<A B2 A>B|d2 f>d a>f e<d|f2 e2 e2 f2|
A<A A>B A>B d>A|B<e d<A B2 A>B|d2 c>d e>f a<e|f2 d2 d<d:|
|:f>g|a>g f<a g>f e<g|f>e d<f e>A c<e|d2 f>d a>f e<d|f2 e2 e2 [1 f>g|
a>g f<a g>f e<g|f<a d>f e>A c<e|d2 c>d e>f a<e|f2 d2 d<d:|
[2 a>g|f<a e>f e>d e>f|a>e f<d B2 A>B|d2 c>d e>f a<e|f2 d2 d<d
4
X: 4
T: Irene Meldrum's Welcome To Bon Accord
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:a>g|f>e d<f A2 A>A|B>A d<A B2 A>B|d2 f>d a>g f<d|f2 e2 e2 a>g|
f>e d<f A2 A>A|B>A d<A B2 A>B|d2 c>d e>f (3age|f2 d2 d2:|
|:f>g|a>g f<a f>e d>e|f<a f<A B2 A>B|d2 f>d a>g f<d|f2 e2 e2 [1 f>g|
a>g f<a f>e d>e|f<a f<A B2 A>B|d2 c>d e>f (3age|f2 d2 d2:|
[2 a>g|f>e d<f A2 A>A|B>A d<A B2 A>B|d2 c>d e>f (3age|f2 d2 d2
|:f2|A2 A>B A>B d>A|B<e d<A B2 A>B|d2 f>d a>g f<d|f2 e2 e2 [1 f2|
A2 A>B A>B d>A|B<e d<A B2 A>B|d2 c>d e>f (3age|f2 d2 d2:|
[2 a>g|f>e d<f A2 A>A|B>A d<A B2 A>B|d2 c>d e>f (3age|f2 d2 d2
|:f>g|a>g f<a g>f e<g|f>e d<f e>A c<e|d2 f>d a>g f<d|f2 e2 e2 [1 f>g|
a>g f<a g>f e<g|f>e d<f e>A c<e|d2 c>d e>f (3age|f2 d2 d2:|
[2 a>g|f>e d<f A2 A>A|B>A d<A B2 A>B|d2 c>d e>f (3age|f2 d2 d4|

Ten comments

Not Bert Murray.

This tune appears in Book 3 of the Cowal collection, and is attributed to William G Meldrum.
The book was published around 1920 when Bert was 7 years old. I met Bert a few times, and I don’t think he was one for "pinching" tunes.

Here is the (skeleton) setting from the Cowal Collection. It needs the gracing to give it "percussion", so is pretty tame.
I’ll get round to submitting a fiddle version with the "snaps" in appropriate places in the not too distant future.

X:2
T:Irene Meldrum’s Welcome To Bon Accord
C:William G Meldrum
S:Cowal Collection Book 3
R:2/4 March
M:2/4
L:1/16
K:Hp
ag|\
fedf AAAd|BAdA B2AB|d2fd afed|f2e2 e2ag|
fedf AAAd|BAdA B2AB|d2cd efae|f2d2 d<d:|
fg|\
agfa fede|faeA B2AB|d2fd afed|f2e2 e2fg|
agfa fede|faeA B2AB|d2cd efae|f2d2 d<dfg|
agfa fede|faeA B2AB|d2fd afed|f2e2 e2ag|
faef edef|aefd B2AB|d2cd efae|f2d2 d<d|
|:f2|\
AAAB ABdA|BedA B2AB|d2fd afed|f2e2 e2f2|
AAAB ABdA|BedA B2AB|d2cd efae|f2d2 d<d:|

With fourth part, and going back to the first part

Weejie’s setting was missing the fourth part of the tune (which is over the page in the Cowal Collection), so I’ve added that in.

I’ve also added a version that repeats the "refrain" of the first part at the end of the other three parts, based on Tim Edey and Brendan Power’s recording on "Wriggle and Writhe".

I don’t know how I missed posting the 4th part. It is here in my ABC transcription notes.
Thanks for spotting that.

I think it was written by Donald MacLean. Or I could be misinforming you!

"I think it was written by Donald MacLean. Or I could be misinforming you!"

It’s attributed to William G Meldrum "Piper to The MacKintosh", and son of Robert, in more than one source.

Re: Irene Meldrum’s Welcome To Bon Accord

kind of nice to think he might have written it for his daughter, who was born in 1911.

Re: Irene Meldrum’s Welcome To Bon Accord

I don’t know for sure who wrote it, but Irene was William Meldrum’s daughter’s name; she was born in 1911 and they lived in Union Grove, Aberdeen. The city’s motto is Bon Accord, said to date back to the massacre of the English garrison in Aberdeen Castle in 1308 led by Robert the Bruce. So I’m kind of hoping it was written about my mother…

Re: Irene Meldrum’s Welcome To Bon Accord

As it says above, David, there’s little doubt that it was composed by your grandfather, and it’s extremely likely that he wrote it for your mother.