The Bog Of Gight strathspey

By William Marshall

Also known as The Bag O’ Gight, The Bog O’ Gight, The Bog O’Gight, Castle Gordon, Gordon Castle.

There are 6 recordings of this tune.

The Bog Of Gight has been added to 1 tune set.

The Bog Of Gight has been added to 4 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Bog Of Gight
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
c|e>fe<c A>cAE|!tr!F>EFA B/B/B (Bc)|e>fe<c A<cA>E|F<AE>C A,/A,/A, A,2|
(e>f)(e>c) (A>c)(A>E)|!tr!F>EFA B/B/B ~B2|(ce)!tr!(fe) (dc)!tr!(BA)|G>AB>c A/A/A A||
g|~a>ba>e ~a>ba>e|!tr!f>ef>a b/b/b b2|a>ba<e f<ac<a|!tr!B>AB<c A/A/A (Ag)|
~a>ba>e ~a>ba>e|!tr!f>ef<a b/b/b b2|a>ef<a e<fc<e|!tr!B>AB<c A/A/A A||
X: 2
T: The Bog Of Gight
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:e>f{gf}e>c A>cA<E|{G/}F>EF>A B/B/B !tr!B>c|1 e>f{gf}e>c A>cA<E|
F>AE>C A,/A,/A, !tr!A2:|2 c<e!tr!f>e {c/}d>c{c/}B>A|G>AB>c A/A/A {cB}A2||
|:{g/}(a>b)a<e {g/}a>ba<e|!tr!f>ef>a b/b/b b2|1 {g/}a>ba<e f<ac<a|
!tr!B>AB<c A/A/A {cB}A2:|2 {f/}a>ef<a e>fc<e|!tr!B>AB>c A/A/A {cB}A2||

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"The Bog Of Gight" - William Marshall (1748 - 1833)

Composer & source collection: William Marshall

"Marshall’s Scottish Melodies, Airs, Strathspeys, Reels, Jigs, & c."
page 20 - The Bog of Gight, A Strathspey - & this first transcription…
Fiddlecase Books - this first edition, 1978, is a rough reprint/photocopy of the original
William Marshall (1748 - 1833) collections (published in 1781, 1788, 1800, 1822, 1823, and 1845)…
There is a 2nd edition I’m unfamiliar with, hopefully clearer copy…’s_Scottish_Melodies.html

Lovely editions of Scottish collections are also available from The Highland Music Trust, including a collection of the music of William Marshall:

Re: The Bog Of Gight - Tune Search Dot Org (Fiddler’s Companion)

BOG OF GIGHT, THE. Scottish; Strathspey. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Gow, Honeyman, Kerr, McGlashan, Milne, Skye): AA’BB’ (Athole). One of the first tunes composed by Scottish fiddle-composer William Marshall (1748-1833), Steward for the Duke of Gordon, who became an enthusiastic patron of Marshall’s musical work. The Bog of Gight is a morass in the parish of Bellie in Banffshire, in the middle of which stood for strategic reasons the former stronghold of the Gordons and where Gordon Castle now stands. The castle was built on the Bog in 1479 by George Gordon, the 2nd Earl of Huntly, who was sometimes referred to as "The Gudeman of the Bog." Later the Duke of Gordon was known as the "Cock of the North." "Cairney Burn," a famous song by the poet Lady Nairne, was written to the melody.

Printed sources : - Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 484. Gow (Complete Repository), Part 2, 1802; p. 24. Honeyman (Strathspey, Reel and Hornpipe Tutor), 1898; p. 19. Kerr (Merry Melodies), vol. 2; No. 11, p. 4. MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 31. McGlashan (A Collection of Reels), c. 1786; p. 28. Milne (Middleton’s Selection of Strathspeys, Reels &c. for the Violin), 1870; p. 31. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 16.

Re: The Bog O’Gight

Howie MacDonald and His Cape Breton Fiddle - track 3
The Clark Road March / The Bog O’Gight / The Witch / Biodagair MacThomas

Howie MacDonald - fiddle
John Morris Rankin - piano
Sandy MacDonald - guitar

Re: The Bog Of Gight

Castle Bog o’ Gight was the name given to the Old Gordon Castle, which was built on the site of Bog o’ Gight village. The castle was renamed Castle Gordon, and Marshall also changed the name of the tune to Castle Gordon.