The Battle Of The Braes barndance

Also known as The MacDonalds Of Portree, The Portree Men, Skye Crofters.

There are 8 recordings of this tune.

The Battle Of The Braes has been added to 4 tune sets.

The Battle Of The Braes has been added to 43 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Battle Of The Braes
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dB|ABde f2ed|efed B2dB|ABde fdaf|e4 e2fg|
a2~a2 f2ed|BcdB A2de|f2af edef|d4 d2:|
fg|a2~a2 fade|fe~e2 f2df|a2~a2 fdaf|e4 e2fg|
a2~a2 f2ed|BcdB A2de|f2af edef|d4 d2fg|
a2~a2 fade|fe~e2 f2df|a2~a2 fdaf|e4 egfe|
defe d3A|BABd A2de|f2af edef|d4 d2|]
X: 2
T: The Battle Of The Braes
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dB|"D"ABde f2ed|"Em"efed B2dB|"D"ABde fdaf|"A"e4 e2fg|
"D"a2~a2 f2ed|"Em"BcdB "D"A2de|"D"f2af "A"edef|"D"d4 d2:|
fg|"D"a2~a2 fade|"Em"fe~e2 "D"f2df|"D"a2~a2 fdaf|"A"e4 e2fg|
"D"a2~a2 f2ed|"Em"BcdB "D"A2de|"D"f2af "A"edef|"D"d4 d2fg|
"D"a2~a2 fade|"Em"fe~e2 "D"f2df|"D"a2~a2 fdaf|"A"e4 egfe|
"D"defe d3A|"Em"BABd "D"A2de|"D"f2af "A"edef|"D"d4 d2|]

Six comments

The Battle of the Braes

This is one of lovely tunes recorded on Iain MacDonald and Iain MacFarlane’s duet album. I didn’t know much about it, but a bit of research shows it seems a melody taken from the song of the same name: It’s a very lighthearted tune to commemorate a bloody event, just like the Kinnegad Slashers.

The Portree Men

This tune is found in Highland Bagpipe collections and attributed to Ronald MacKenzie. ‘The Battle of the Braes’ was a sort of riot which occurred south of Portree when around fifty policemen were sent in to evict crofters from Braes but were met by a barrage of stones thrown by the local women (the men being more afraid of the consequences of defying authority); they broke but reformed and attacked the ladies with truncheons, resulting in several bloody heads. The eventual outcome was a national scandal which halted the evictions.

Billy Pigg’s tune is not the same as the Scottish 2/4 march. It is a 6/8 march that is a very close relation to "Dr. Bett’s Supper", Henderson, 1895, p. 9. The original "Skye Crofters" was published in the same book.

The Battle Of The Braes, X:2

Chords on X:1

Re: The Battle Of The Braes

This appears in Scots Guards I under the name "The Portree Men" as a 3-part tune. It’s attributed to
"R. Mauchline". The barndance version 1st part posted above is the 3rd part in the Scots Guards setting. The Scots Guards 1st part is lovely, and worth learning. Perhaps someone else can post it.