The Eight Men Of Mùideart
From Bremner - Scots Reels (c. 1757)
Transcription: AK/Fiddler’s Companion
aka: The Eight Men Of Moidart
Not to be confused with the polka by the same name.
The earliest printings of this tune were in Robert Bremner’s 1757 collection and Neil Stewart’s 1761 collection. As "Eight Men of Madaat", it is one of the "missing tunes" from William Vickers’ 1770 Northumbrian dance manuscript. According to Flett & Flett (1964) the Eight Men of Moidart (Mudart/Muidart) is also the title of a Scottish reel dance for eight, and that the name stems from the tale regarding Bonnie Prince Charlie’s arrival in Arisaig, Scotland.