The Athol Highlander’s March To Loch Katrine strathspey

Also known as The Athol Highlander’s Farewell To Loch Katrine, The Athole Highlander’s Farewell To Loch Katrine.

There are 7 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Athol Highlander's March To Loch Katrine has been added to 3 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Athol Highlander's March To Loch Katrine
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
a>f|:e2c<A e>Ac<A|A>Bc>d e2a>f|e2c<A e>Ac<A|G>AB>c d2a>f|
e2c<A e>Ac<A|f<ad>f e2c<A|c>Bc<a e>fe>A|[1{d}c2A2 A2a>f:|[2{d}c2A2 A2g2||
a4 e2a2|c2a2 e2c<A|g4 d2g2|B2g2 d2B<G|
a4 e2a2|d2f2 e2c<A|c>Bc<a e>fe>A|{d}c2A2 A2g2|
a4 e2a2|c2a2 e2c<A|g4 d2g2|B2g2 d2B<G|
A>Bc>d e>fe<c|f<ad>f e2c<A|c>Bc<a e>fe>A|{d}c2A2 A2a2|
|:A2c<A e>Ac<e|a>ec<e A2g2|G2B<G d>GB<d|g>dB<d G2e2|
A2c<A e>Ac<e|f<ad>f e2c<A|c>Bc<a e>fe>A|[1{d}c2A2 A2e2:|[2{d}c2A2 A2g2||
a>ga>e c<eA<c|a>ec<e a2g>f|g>fg>d B<dG<B|g>dB<d g2f>g|
a>ga>e c<eA>e|f<ad>f e2c<A|c>Bc<a e>fe>A|{d}c2A2 A2g2|
a>ga>e c<eA<c|a>ec<e a2g>f|g>fg>d B<dG<B|g>dB<d g2f<a|
A>Bc>d e>fe>c|f<ad>f e2c<A|c>Bc<a e>fe>A|{d}c2A2 A2||
X: 2
T: The Athol Highlander's March To Loch Katrine
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
a>f|e2c<A e>Ac<A|A>Bc>d e2 a>f|e2c<A e>Ac<A|G>AB>c d2a>f|
e2c<A e>Ac<e|f<ad>f e2c<A|c>Bc<a e>fe<A|c2A2 A2:|
g2|a4 e2a2|c2a2 e2c<A|g4 d2g2|B2g2 d2B<G|
a4 e2a2|d2f2 e2c<A| c>Bc<a e>fe<A|c2A2 A2g2|
a4 e2a2|c2a2 e2c<A|g2f>e d2g2|B2g2 d2B<G|
A>Bc>d e>fe>c|f<ad>f e2c<A|c>Bc<a e>fe<A|c2A2 A2||
|:e2|A/A/A c<A e>Ac<e|a>ec<e A2g2|G/G/G B<G d>GB<d|g>dB<d G2e2|
A/A/A c<A e>Ac<e|f<ad>f e2c<A|c>Bc<a e>fe<A|c2A2 A2:|
g2|a>ga>e c<eA>c|a>ec<e a2g<f|g>fg>d B<dG>B|g>dB<d g2f>g|
a>ga>e c<eA>c|f<ad>f e2c<A|c>Bc<a e>fe<A|c2A2 A2(3efg|
a>ga>e c<eA>c|a>ec<e a2g<f|g>fg>d B<dG>B|g>dB<d g2a2|
A>Bc>d e>fe>c|f<ad>f e2c<A|c>Bc<a e>fe<A|c2A2 A2|]

Nine comments

Athole Highlander’s March To Loch Katrine

This is a famous highland pipe march composed by William Rose. I added it because a large number of Scottish fiddle recordings on this site contain this tune, and I thought it would be useful to have on here for reference, if nothing else. It’s also just a good tune. Some fiddlers play it rather at reel tempo and less pointed, e.g.: James Scott Skinner. If despite my reasoning for adding the tune it is yet unwelcome here, I will of course take it off.

Re: The Athole Highlander’s March To Loch Katrine

First part doesn’t repeat. Transcription of the second part is garbage. Listen to the midi playback.

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Re: The Athole Highlander’s March To Loch Katrine

In "Willie Ross’s Collection" Vol.5 it is "Atholl", not "Athole".

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Re: The Athole Highlander’s March To Loch Katrine

OK Kenny, you are absolutely right. I edited it and the midi sounds much better now for me; let me know if it’s better on your end. I probably shouldn’t have wasted thesession.org space on this transcription anyway; it’s certainly not Irish and I have little experience with pipe marches. I just thought it might be helpful to have a tune that shows up fairly regularly in Scottish recordings here transcribed so people might be able to find it easily.

Re: The Athole Highlander’s March To Loch Katrine

It looks pretty good to me, Daniel. I’ve just transcribed this tune from the playing of Iain Macfarlane from his and Ingrid Henderson’s new release "Cockerel in the Creel" and, apart from a few variations, it’s almost identical.
I’ll put it up as X:2.

The Athole Highlander’s March To Loch Katrine, X:2

As played by Iain Macfarlane rather recently. Transcribed here in 4/4 (should be 2/2 to match the original 2/4).

Re: The Athol Highlander’s March To Loch Katrine, X:2

That’s true, but I didn’t want to transcribe it as a polka :P

Re: The Athol Highlander’s March To Loch Katrine

You can put
[M: 2/4]
[L: 1/16]
in front of your abc and hey presto, but that might be a step too far for the non Scottish.

Re: The Athol Highlander’s March To Loch Katrine

Good tune!
Atholl, Athole, Athol: 3 different spellings tho’ the latter 2 tend on the whole to be the older ones.
Not disputing what Kenny said about William Ross’s collection (wouldn’t dare!), but just as other examples, you have the village of Blair Atholl (formerly Blair Athole) but you still have the Blair Athol Distillery.
The Atholl Palace Hotel changed its spelling from Athole in 1886.
And then you have The Athole Collection of Scottish Dance Music - but as that was first published in 1884, it uses the older spelling. The book contains a foreword written by the Duke of Atholl.
Confused or what?
I’ll just play it now.