I ran across this as an image inside an article on Scotland.
Date-wise, it should be pre-copyright
I’m not entirely certain that it’s a hornpipe. Ignorance is bliss and I’m extremely happy…
The abc headers that The Session asks to be excluded provide information on the tune:
T:A Scene familiar in the life of the Composer.
C:By James Watt (1832-1909).
C:Arr. J.M.H. Comm. by Geo. Riddell.
Pennan Den, X:2 - a sparse version
This is the version of Pennan Den I learned from AJ Watkinson (Barney UK) many years ago. Thanks for posting the original by Watt. I’d never seen it before.
Callison’s transcription is from J Murdoch Henderson’s brilliant collection ‘Flowers of Scottish Melody’ (1935). The composer, James Watt, was the son of a fisherman and became a sailor himself. Later he studied to become a teacher in Pennan (a coastal village in Aberdeenshire). He was in demand as a fiddler for dances, and it is also said he made 96 fiddles in his life.
Ossian recorded version 1
Re: Pennan Den
Just for those film buffs out there, Pennan Den is a rocky outcrop that lies above the village of Pennan in Aberdeenshire. Pennan was where much of the 1980’s film ‘Local Hero’ was filmed.