T: The Island Of Mull
|:d1/2e1/2|f>ed dBA|AFA AFA|f>ed d>af|fee e2 d1/2e1/2|
f>ed dBA|AFA AFA|daf e>de|fdd d2:|
|:A1/2G1/2|FAd dfd|Ace ege|dfa agf|fee e2 f1/2g1/2|
afd dfd|ecA A2 G|FAd e>de|fdd d2:|
There are 2 recordings of this tune.
The Island Of Mull has been added to 3 tune sets.
The Island Of Mull has been added to 9 tunebooks.
I collected this tune from Nigel Gatherer’s Glasgow Slow Session.
But where did I get it? Mm, good question… It is supposed to have been written by the Earl of Eglinton , and first published in Niel Gow’s Fourth Repository (c1817). More recently it was recorded by Jim Cameron’s Band in 1952. The original was in A, I changed it to D.
 = The 12th Earl, Hugh Montgomerie (1739-1819) who played ‘cello and was a known composer of dance tunes; he published his own collection of tunes in 1796. He lived at Coilsfield House, the subject of one of Nathaniel Gow’s great tunes ( https://thesession.org/tunes/8132 ). Robert Burns was well aquainted with the family, and even mentioned “sodger Hugh”. Two of Burns’s romantic interests resided at Coilsfield: Mary Campbell, a byre woman, was the famous ’Highland Mary,‘ while ’Montgomerie’s Peggy’ - to whom the bard passed love letters in church - was the housekeeper there.