Inveran. 2/4 March. C: G.S.McLennan.
This is a 2/4 pipe march composed by PM George Stewart McLennan (1883-1929), one of the great pipe composers.
I’ve set it as a strathspey in 4/4 to avoid listing it as a polka.
To render it as a 2/4 march, just replace the header with:
S:Highland Bagpipe Music
George McLennan (or MacLennan) composed this tune as a dedication to Angus MacPherson (1877-1976), who was piper to Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie employed Angus and his wife, Alice (née Ross) to run the Inveran Hotel, in Inveran, by Invershin in Sutherland. They ran the hotel for 35 years until it burned down in 1949. George McLennan visited the hotel, and most notably as a retreat when he was dying of throat cancer. He composed a tune for Alice too, which is in the database (https://thesession.org/tunes/10248).
The setting is taken from McLennan’s "Highland Bagpipe Music ", where it appears without pointing. I’ve added a commonly heard pointing (dotted notes) and set it for fiddle.
You can read and download Angus MacPherson’s autobiography "A Highlander Looks Back" here:
There are some interesting pictures there, including one of the hotel, and one of his father, "Calum Pìobaire". Interestingly, he doesn’t mention his wife by name, and only makes fleeting references.
The stoic Highland piper through and through!
Thanks for the great tune, Weejie, and thanks for the link to MacPherson’s book, which I’m looking forward to reading in greater detail.