A strangely cool sounding tune from the playing of Alex Francis MacKay. Most of the high e’s are played with the fourth finger except for when it runs up the scale in the B part. Basically, when it is easiest to use your pinkie, use your pinkie, when it’s not, don’t. For accompanists, it goes to the key of C in the B part. It makes a good sounding Highland as well.
Bit different version from The Cape Breton Scottish Collection from Cranford Publications. I’ve been told that the name comes from a place name ‘Feargan Hill’ outside Edinburgh.
I lovely tune indeed. I’m not aware of a Feargan Hill near Edinburgh. However, a Google search suggests it may be a pet name for Fergus/ Feargus. The structure and feel is in keeping with mouth music, which makes me think it hails from the west coast originally.
I came across a version of it in Kerr’s Merry Melodies for the Violin (1870s) but is also in the Athole Collection (1884): http://tunearch.org/wiki/Feargan