The Battle Of Waterloo march

Also known as Battle Call Of The Fianna, The Battle Of Waterloo March, Bonaparte Crossing The Rockies, Bonaparte Crossing The Rocky Mountains, Bonaparte’s March, Bonnie’s March, Johnny Get Up, Let Mr. Maguire Sit Down, Let Mr. McGuire Sit Down, Mick Maguire, Mick McGuire, Mr Maguire, Mr. Maguire, Mr. McGuire, Rohallion.

There are 27 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Battle Of Waterloo appears in 1 other tune collection.

The Battle Of Waterloo has been added to 3 tune sets.

The Battle Of Waterloo has been added to 97 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Battle Of Waterloo
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
d>c AG F>G AB|c>d cA c2 (3ABc|d>c AG AGED|C>C CD C2 (3AGE|
D>D DE DCCD|F>G AF G2 (3ABc|d>c AG AGEC|D4 D4||
X: 2
T: The Battle Of Waterloo
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
A>G AB | AG GA | c>d ec | d2 ef/g/ | a>g ed | ed BA | G>A BA | G2 ed/B/ |
A>G AB | AG GA | c>d ec | d2 ef/g/ | a>g ed | ed BA/G/ | A3 B |1 A2 ed/B/ :|2 A2 ef/g/ ||
a>g ed | ed ef | g>a ge | g2 ef/g/ | a>g ed | ed BA | G>A BA | G2 ed/B/ |
A>G AB | AG GA | c>d ec | d2 ef/g/ | a>g ed | ed BA/G/ | A3 B |1 A2 ef/g/ :|2 A2 ed/B/ ||

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The Battle of Waterloo

Actually a March instead of a Reel. I picked this one up from the Angus Sessions Podcast.

"Bonaparte Crossing The Rhine" ~ march / songs ~ A Dorian or Mixolydian

Submitted on May 17th 2001 by Jeremy.

& with several different sets of lyrics to this air…

The Battle Of Waterloo (march)

I believe this Scots pipe march is usually played in Amix, not Dmix.

On the (Great Highland) pipes, it would have to be played in Bb mix (but written in A mix).

Apart from the key, this setting appears to come straight from the pipes - there is evidence of ‘piper’s compression’ (i.e. modifying the tune to fit into the octave-and-a-note range of the pipes) in various parts of the tune: e.g. in bars 1,5 & 13, DCCD intead of DCAC.

Scottish Pipe March Gan Ainm???

This is a wicked, and wickedly simple, pipe march I heard at Folkworks Summer School ‘10, I *think* from Callum McCrimmon’s mixed-instrument group. I wasn’t actually taught it, but I remember hearing it, and dancing to it, and loving it, and then just the other day I came across this video, with a bit of this tune in at 4:49 - (sound quality’s not that great, sorry).

Does anyone have a little more information on this tune?
Does anyone know if this tune’s already on here? I did all the searching I could, and didn’t come across it, but who knows…

And does anyone know its NAME??!

That’s not a pipe march. I don’t know it, and I’m glad.

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"Mick Maguire/McGuire" / "Let Mr. Maguire/McGuire sit down"

Some also call it "Johnny Get Up"…

It’s a comic song the air for one, and it doesn’t even work well, in my opinion, for the Gei Gordons, the dance being done to it in the clip. It might have more ancient roots, but it doesn’t ring that way in my ears, though easily marchified, or turned to 3/4 time as a waltz.

Quite a few folks have given this a spin ~ Margaret Barry, The Irish Rovers, The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, to mention just a few…

Doubling the parts this way does the melody no good service…

Sense should have told you it is a classic sequence, AABA, rather than as given ~ AAAABABA…


I’m surprised Kenny didn’t recognize it…

For some reason the ABCs I’ve done for this tune are not transferring, so first, this, to see if anything is? 😏

Now to see if it’s what I suspec, that for some reason the combination of > & ^ somehow is being taken wrongly as HTML code? But let’s first try the A-part of the tune? ~

X: 2
T: Johnny Get Up
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: song air
K: ADor
EF/G/ |\
A>^G AB | AG EG | c>d e/d/c | d2 ef/g/ |
a>g ed | cA B>A | G>A GE | D2 cB |
A2 A>^G | AG E2 | cd ec | d2 eg |
ag ed | cA B^G | A2 A>^G | A2 ef/g/ ||

Weird, it’s the B-part it won’t accept. I’ll try one 4-bar line at a time. What’s curious, there’s not really anything I can see that would be taken as HTML code, curious… 😏

a>g ed | cd ef | g>a ge | g2 c’b |

aa/g/ ed | c>A BA | G>A BA | G2 D/E/F/G/ |

A>^G AB | AG EG | cc/d/ e/d/c | de/d/ d/e/f/g/ |

a>g ed | cc/A/ B^G | A2 A>^G | A2 |]

How weird is that?! It wouldn’t take the B-part as a whole, with or without the A-part. It wouldn’t allow it seperated into two parts, and it wouldn’t allow it seperated into four parts, with spacing, but it will accept one line at a time. So it’s no clearer why it wouldn’t take. Strange!

Thank you Kenny, wise words of wisdom as always. Next time I post a tune on this site, I’ll try and remember to put a "Kenny - disclaimer" in the comments.

Ceolachan, likewise. Although the tune to the song in the link you gave is not this tune. It’s got its similarities, sure, but certainly not close enough to warrant actually calling it the same tune.

And by the way, did either of you actually listen to the video I linked? I’m just transcribing how it was played on there.
And I was under the impression that it sounded like a pipe march. Admittedly, I am no expert on Scottish bagpipe music, so please, give me a definition of a Scottish pipe march, and show me why this isn’t one.


hey ceolachan there is no wonder that you have such a high post count on this site seeing as you split

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your sentences

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bitesized pieces

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thus being like a spambot

cut it out man

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Sincere apologies, Joe

My mistake - I only watched the beginning of the recording, and thought the first tune so awful, I didn’t watch it through to your 4mins.49 seconds. I also didn’t look at your "abcs", which was a bit remiss of me.
The tune you’ve posted is indeed a 4/4 pipe march, known to Scottish pipers as "The Battle Of Waterloo". It’s also used in Irish circles for several songs, such as "The Hot Ashpelt". It’s played as a hornpipe, and called various permutations of "Napoleon Crossing The Rhine".

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Yes, I watched the whole video, and noted the enjoyment everyone was having. It doesn’t surprise me that there are mutiples of it here, and yes, it is little different from the song, in my opinion.

β’Ήβ’Ώβ’» ~ the website wouldn’t allow me to post the B-part as a whole unit, or in parts, only as I ended up trying after many failed attempts, sadly, one 4 bar line at a time…

Good one Kenny, I mean four of course…

The first thing that came to my mind were songs, and that being a classic structure, AABA… I still think it makes a mess of it to double it to AAAABABA…

Duh! πŸ˜› How thick am I?

I knew it was ringing more bells than songs, but that was where I was stuck ~ hornpipes and marches… Thanks for the slap about Kenny, I needed that… Here’s more on Kenny’s links ~

A & B representing 4-bar phrase ~

Bonaparte Crossing The Rhine - hornpipe (AAAABABA)
Submitted on May 17th 2001 by Jeremy.

From Galway To Dublin - hornpipe (AAAABABA)
Submitted on February 24th 2003 by gian marco.

Bonaparte Crossing The Alps - (AAAABABA)
Submitted on May 22nd 2004 by slainte.

The Battle Of Waterloo - march (AABA)
Submitted on July 1st 2006 by davarm.

& your contribution to this Joe ~ AAAABABA

I still can’t shake the songs, despite refreshing my sense of this melody swung and marched… I still don’t like it, personally, as a tune for the Gie Gordons, but there’s no denying those folks enjoying themselves, and almost any tune will do where the company is in high spirits…

With my head playing musical charades with me, our computer doing the peculiar, and life’s recent potholes and mine collapses, I would do better to stick with simpler chores, like skinning and boning fish and preparing scallops for the fish pie I’m making that will feed us for the next four or more days. The growing duplications and higer repetitions on site can make ones head spin. I think though, I’ll ask one of our members if he has an ‘earliest’ date for the mother of these evolutions and mutations? That’s it, put the owness on someone else’s shoulders. I’m glad Kenny’s are broad…

Best of health to you and yours Joe, and your music too…

The fish is skinned and boned ~

I’ll pull out some old tomes this weekend to browse through. This is one of those melodies that gets air time from Denmark to the Shetlands, over to The Dingle Penninsula, across to Newfoundland and Vancouver Island, and down to the Texas Pan Handle, and further south to Tasmania. In one form or another many lay claim to it. Another set of lyrics I vaguely remember being sung by an Australian friend, in a strong dialect.


The fish pie is in the oven Joe, and it’s huge, and there’s also music and dance to follow tonight.

I never said I didn’t like the air, or its many offshoots. That sort of thing is like honey to me, the history and connections, and I haven’t stopped looking since you contributed it, including revisiting those relatives Kenny has linked to. It is medicine for the pain I’m fighting now, sciatica, and doing too many things at once in an attempt to try to ignore it, an impossibility. That includes this fish pie and music, and, sorry, making a bit of a mess here as I’ve been playing through and listening to songs and marchs and the like…

Jim Malcolm used this old pipe tune for a beautiful song of the same name to open his 1998 CD "Rohallion". He gave it an Aeolian/Dorian twist.

Yup! That too was driving me nuts with memory faults… 😏

I hope you enjoyed your fish pie, Ceolachan.

😎 ~ πŸ˜‰ ~ πŸ˜€ ~ πŸ˜› ~ 😎 ~ transformational cooking

The potatoes weren’t right and the sauce split Joe. I was having a bad day in general and this was a madly but pleasant distraction, one of those "I know this!", but from a dyslexic’s point of view, very frustrating, but had me singing and playing music, which is always a good thing, minus the singing bit my wife suffered throguh. BUT ~ back to the fish pie ~ I brought it around and re-did the whole damn thing and it was lovely, four meals for two, so it had better be, and with scallops too.

……. third tune in this set, I like the look of the bass drummer!

this is the setting they used IMO ;

C:Arr. Donald MacLeod
U:z="@ "
K:A mix
[|{g}ed/B/|{g}A2 {GdGe}A{d}B {gAd}A{e}G {g}G{d}A|{GdG}c>d {gef}ec {Gdc}d2 {g}ef/g/|\
{ag}a>g {ef}ed {gef}ed {gBd}B{e}A|{g}G>{d}G {e}G{d}A {gGd}G2 {gef}ed/B/|
|{g}A2 {GdGe}A{d}B {gAd}A{e}G {g}G{d}A|{GdG}c>d {gef}ec {Gdc}d2 {g}ef/g/|\
{ag}a>g {ef}ed {gef}ed {gBd}B{e}G|{g}A4 {GAG}A3 {gf}g|]
[|{ag}a>g {a}ed {g}c2 {GdG}ef|{gf}g>a {f}g{a}e {gf}g2 {a}ef/g/|\
{ag}a>g {ef}ed {gef}ed {gBd}B{e}A|{g}G>{d}G {e}G{d}A {gGd}G2 {gef}ed/B/|
|{g}A2 {GdGe}A{d}B {gAd}A{e}G {g}G{d}A|{GdG}c>d {gef}ec {Gdc}d2 {g}ef/g/|\
{ag}a>g {ef}ed {gef}ed {gBd}B{e}G|{g}A4 {GAG}A3|]

and an ‘interesting’ setting from the great Stuart Liddell 😎

Here in central Arkansas, most of the local musicians who play Irish, Scottish, and/or so-called "old time music" seem to know this tune as "Bonaparte Crossing the Rocky Mountains". Yes some of the musicians who play old time music also play at the local Irish Sessions. And they play it like the version in the Fiddler’s Fakebook. In the version from the Fiddler’s Fakebook, this tune is played in A minor except for the first eight bars of the B Part which are played with a C # sharp instead of a C natural. Then it returns to A minor for the rest of the B part.

And "Bonaparte Crossing The Rhine" is played like a march or "straight" with no swing whatsoever by the old time musicians. No, this tune isn’t played at the Irish Sessions.

Also, both tunes, no matter where they are being played, are played "AABB" and then repeated the same way.