The 72nd Highlanders’ Farewell To Aberdeen march

Also known as The 72nd Highlander’s Farewell To Aberdeen, The 72nd Highlanders Farewell Tae Aberdeen, 72nd Highlanders Farewell To Aberdeen, The 72nd Highlanders Farewell To Edinburgh, The 72nd Highlanders’ Farewell To Edinburgh, The 72nd’s Farewell To Edinburgh, Boy’s Lament For His Dragon, The Boy’s Lament For His Dragon, Farewell To Aberdeen, The Little Boy’s Lament For His Dragon, The Royal Highlanders’ Farewell To Aberdeen, The Seventy Second Highlanders’ Farewell To Edinburgh, The Seventy Second’s Farewell To Edinburgh, The Wee Boy’s Lament For His Dragon.

There are 16 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Favourite Dram (a few times).

The 72nd Highlanders’ Farewell To Aberdeen has been added to 8 tune sets.

The 72nd Highlanders' Farewell To Aberdeen has been added to 76 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: The 72nd Highlanders' Farewell To Aberdeen
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
|: e|{g}A{Gdc}d{gdc}d{g}e3/4f/4|g3/4f/4{g}e3/4d/4{g}f2|{gf}gB{GdGe}B{g}c3/4d/4| {g}e3/4f/4{g}e3/4c/4{g}A2|
{g}A{Gdc}d{gdc}d{g}e3/4f/4|g3/4f/4{g}e3/4d/4{g}f2| {gf}gB/4{G}B3/4{g}f3/4e/4{g}d3/4c/4|{Gdc}d2{gdc}d:|
|:{gf}g| {ag}aA{GdGe}A{d}c|{gBd}B{e}G{g}A2|{g}A{Gdc}d{g}A{Gdc}d| {g}e3/4d/4{gcd}c3/4B/4{g}A{gf}g|
{ag}aA{GdGe}A{d}c|{gBd}B{e}G{g}A2| {g}A{Gdc}d{g}f3/4e/4{g}d3/4c/4|{Gdc}d2{gdc}d:|
X: 2
T: The 72nd Highlanders' Farewell To Aberdeen
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A<B|A2d2 d2(ef)|g>f e<d f4|(g2B2) B2(cd)|e>f e<c A2A<B|
(A2d2) d2(ef)|g>f e<d f4|(g2B2) f>e d<c|d4 d2:|
f<g|a2A2 A2((3AB=c)|B2G2 A2A<B|(A2d2) A2d2|e>d c<B A2f<g|
a2A2 A2((3AB=c)|B2G2 A2A<B|(A2d2) f>e d<c|d4 d2:|
X: 3
T: The 72nd Highlanders' Farewell To Aberdeen
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: B |A2 d2 d2 ef | gfed f3 f | g2 B2 B2 cd | efed dcBA |
A2 d2 d2 ef | gfed f3 f | g2 B2 cdec |[1 d4 d3 :|[2 d4 d2 ||
|: fg |a2 A2 A2 =c2 | B2 GB A3 B | A2 d2 dcde | f2 e2 e2 fg |
a2 A2 A2 =c2 | B2 GB A3 B | A2 d2 fedc |[1 d4 d2 :|[2 d4 d3 |]
X: 4
T: The 72nd Highlanders' Farewell To Aberdeen
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: cB |A2 d2 d2 ef | gfed f4 | g2 B2 B2 cd | efed dcBA |
A2 d2 d2 ef | gfed f4 | g2 B2 cdec | d6 :|
|: fg |a2 A2 A2 =c2 | B2 G2 A3 B | A2 d2 dcde | f2 e2 e2 fg |
a2 A2 A2 =c2 | B2 G2 A3 B | A2 d2 fedc | d6 :|
X: 5
T: The 72nd Highlanders' Farewell To Aberdeen
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: c>B |A2 d2 d2 e>f | g>fe<d f2- f>f | g2 B2 B2 c>d | e>fe>d d>cB>A |
A2 d2- d2 e>f | g>fe<d f4 | g2 B2 f>ed<c | d4 d2 :|
|: f>g |a2 A2 A2 =c2 | B2 G2 A2- A>^G | A2 d2 A>Bc<d | f2 e2 e2 (3efg |
a2 A2 A2- A>=c | B2 G2 A4 | A2 d2 f>ed<c | d4 d2 :|
X: 6
T: The 72nd Highlanders' Farewell To Aberdeen
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: e2 |A2 d2 d2 e>f | g>fe>d f4 | g2 B2 B2 c>d | e>fe>c A4 |
A2 d2 d2 e>f | g>fe>d f4 | g2 B<B f>ed>c | d4 d2 :|
|: g2 |a2 A2 A2 c2 | B2 G2 A4 | A2 d2 A2 d2 | e>dc>B A2 g2 |
a2 A2 A2 c2 | B2 G2 A4 | A2 d2 f>ed>c | d4 d2 :|

Twenty-seven comments

72nd’s Farewell to Aberdeen

The transcription hear looks as if it is straight out of a pipe book. Hence the key signature of C major. It is, in fact, in D major. For non pipers a more sensible setting would be:
X: 1
T: The Boy’s Lament For His Dragon
C: William Mackay
O: Scottish
M: C|
L: 1/8
Q: 1/2=76
R: march
K: D
A<B|A2d2 d2(ef)|g>f e<d f4|(g2B2) B2(cd)|e>f e<c A2A<B|
(A2d2) d2(ef)|g>f e<d f4|(g2B2) f>e d<c|d4 d2:|
f<g|a2A2 A2((3AB=c)|B2G2 A2A<B|(A2d2) A2d2|e>d c<B A2f<g|
a2A2 A2((3AB=c)|B2G2 A2A<B|(A2d2) f>e d<c|d4 d2:|
There is a stonking version of this by Brenda Stubbert on her CD "Some Tasty Tunes".
As the abc indicates, the composer was one William MacKay.

Perhaps more commonly known as "The boy’s lament for his dragon"

72nd’s Farewell to Aberdeen

It was apparently given the "Dragon" title by its composer, so I don’t know why or when the alternative "72nd" title became attached. I was told that the title refers to a kite - you can just imagine a young boy howling because his kite was stuck in a tree! I was also told that in German, the word for dragon ("Drachen") is also used as the word for a kite. Mmm.

Nice tune we played it at Whitby this year more as an air

Midi file

Sounds from above comments that it should be a decent tune but the midi file is a horrid noise. Shame I don’t read dots.

It’s a fine tune. They reason it sounds crap is that the person who posted it should have posted it in the key of "D" major, and not "C", as DonaldK points out above. The "C" and "F" notes should be played as sharps. I could send you an MP3 file of it, if you contact me with an email address through a private message.

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This tune appears in Uilleam Ross’s 19th century collection with the title: "The Royal Highlanders’
Farewell to Aberdeen."

Believed to have been composed by Pipe Major John MacDonald of Tiree, who served in the 72nd Highlanders.

“The 72nd Highlanders’ Farewell To Edinburgh”

From the Northumbrian small pipes playing of Joe Hutton, one of the three, along with Willie Taylor and Will Atkinson, that made up the group "The Shepherds", all having been just that.

C: Pipe Major Captain John MacDonald

Sorry I haven’t also a date for this, hoping someone else may be able to provide more…

X: 4 “The 72nd Highlanders’ Farewell To Edinburgh”

This transcription courtesy of that discussion and The Nottingham Music Database, rejigged to M: 4/4 and L: 1/8…

R: March ~ “The 72nd Highlanders’ Farewell To Edinburgh”

R: March ~ In case someone finds the entry here under ‘barndance’ confusing. The couple dances that marches are often played for are close relatives to barndances, and were often a part of ‘barn dances’ and dancing…

Also, I personally think it is easier to read and make sense of this in 4/4, rather than the dark and inky older way of notating some marches as 2/4.

X: 5 “The 72nd Highlanders’ Farewell To Edinburgh”

With a bit of swing & snap…

Re: “The 72nd Highlanders’ Farewell To Aberdeen / Edinburgh”

I remain confused. No wonder I couldn’t find this previously… Here’s me thinking these were two different tunes, but now with two very different composers!? Help!? :-P

Thanks Boots, appreciated…

X: 6 “The 72nd Highlanders’ Farewell To Aberdeen”

# Added by gaitazampogna_32 - March 19th, 2007 ~ minus the {gobbledegoop}! :-/

“The 72nd Highlanders’ Farewell To ?”

Mostly we’ve recordings of this tune. Christine Martin’s "The Fiddle Music of the Scottish Highlands" is the only collection we have with this tune in it, and it is as "Farewell to Edinburgh", and the composer she credits for it is Pipe Major John MacDonald. We’ve no other collection with this melody in it to compare it to, including "Farewell to Aberdeen". I’m sending out a "Help!" to a few folk who might be able to do just that. Here is one collection we haven’t got that has both titles listed:

"Standard Settings ofPipe Music of The Seaforth Highlanders" ~ collection, Peterson’s Publications/Hal Leanard Publishing, ISBN 085360908X

"72nd Highlanders Farewell to Aberdeen"
"72nd Highlanders Farewell to Edinburgh"
http://www.thebagpipeshop.co.uk/191/products/seaforth-highlanders-collection.aspx

This suggests to me that they are two different melodies? :-/

Re: The 72nd Highlanders’ Farewell To Aberdeen

Hi "c" - I have the "Queen’s Own Highlanders’ Standard Settings of Pipe Music", and had a look in the index.
"The 72nd Highlanders’ Farewell To Aberdeen" is on page 147 - attributed to "N. Mathieson, 72nd Duke Of Albany’s Own Highlanders". This is the tune I’ve always played as a 2/4 quickstep, and learned from "Ossian"’s first LP, circa 1977.
"The 72nd Highlanders’ Farewell To Edinburgh" is on page 152, is in 6/8 time, and has 4 parts. It’s not a tune I’ve ever come across. Attributed to "Pipe Major J. MacDonald, [ also of ] 72nd Duke Of Albany’s Own Highlanders".
2 tunes in different time signatures, by different composers, then. I would regard the "QOH" book as a very reliable source. Hope this helps.

By the way, I’m posting a reply here because when I tried to reply to you through a private message and for some reason it didn’t work. No idea why, but if you sent PMs to other members, don’t be surprised if you don’t get any replies.
A’ the best, Kenny

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Re: The 72nd Highlanders’ Farewell To Aberdeen

Thanks Kenny, that helps. I’d also further found some listings of "Farewell to Edinburgh" as a 6/8 march. why folks got the two titles confused in recording we’ll never know. I’ll see if I can find a 6/8 recording to do a transcription from, to then enter here and hopefully clear some things up on this. Having just enjoyed some very nice single malts I feel kind of in a 6/8 march mood. ;-) I’d never had an Orkney single malt before, and very nice it was too…

Reading your praise for the playing of Iain MacInnes I’ve ‘just’ ordered one of his recordings, "Tryst"…

Re: The 72nd Highlanders’ Farewell To Aberdeen

Glad to see this sorted out

Re: The 72nd Highlanders’ Farewell To Aberdeen

ceolachan: "Reading your praise for the playing of Iain MacInnes I’ve ‘just’ ordered one of his recordings, "Tryst"…"

I don’t think you’ll regret it. As well as an excellent piper (and whistler), with taste, he is a first class gentleman.

For what it’s worth, the tune is in "Jimmy Shand’s Bagpipe March Book" (Mozart Allan, Glasgow, n.d. - circa 1950s) under the title "The Boy’s Lament for his Dragon", without attribution, and WITH the C natural note. Like Kenny, I first heard the tune through the Ossian recording, but the C nat always puzzled me, being a note which the bagpipe cannot play. I used to think that perhaps Ossian had added it, but Shand predates them significantly.

It’s in "Logan’s Tutor for the Bagpipe" (c1900) as "72nd’s Farewell to Aberdeen" with, of course, no C natural.

There is another tune mostly known as "Seaforth Highlanders" - a 6/8 march - which is also found in "The Gesto Collection" (1893) as "The 72nd Highlanders"

Boots said, "Glad to see this sorted out…" Boots, nothing will ever be sorted out. :-)

So true dear Nigel. :-D And, in this case, the many recordings with the mixed titling…

I’ve lots of the Mozart Allen publications, but not "Jimmy Shand’s Bagpipe March Book" ~ that title alone made me smile. :-) I remember this being played on the island, Cape Breton, and probably even by dear Brenda Stubbert, who has recorded it and who we were fortunate enough to dance with and learn a few steps from, a lovely person, sweet, and she makes a mean tea too, something more than just a brew there…

If I can find Brenda’s take on this I’ll do a transcription of that too and add it here…

Kenny, and anyone else who may have tried to contact me through this site, I’ve just corrected that problem, a persistent but old and defunct email address in my details. I thought I’d changed that, but it seems to have remained for the last few months and any attempts made to contact me through The Sesh would have failed, reporting me as being ‘inactive’. LOL!

“The 72nd Highlanders’ Farewell To Aberdeen”

Lanark and District Pipe Band Competition Set for 2012
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGogeUIpxYQ


Pipe major Julie Redden playing Lanark and District Pipe Band’s competition set for 2012. The tunes are:-
"The 72nd Highlanders farewell to Aberdeen" / "The 25th KOSB’s Farewell to Meerut" / "McKenzie Highlanders" / "Pipe Major William Ross’s Farewell to the Scots Guards"

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Marches and Reel - Kris Drever & Éamonn Coyne - Live
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orMk9QsmNak


Reels and Marches - Kris Drever & Éamonn Coyne. Filmed in Nottingham.
"72nd Highlanders farewell to Aberdeen" / "After the battle at Aughrim" / "The Siskin Reel"

“Iain MacInnes: Tryst” ~ Brilliant! :-)

https://thesession.org/recordings/2048

Thanks again for your valued recommendations Kenny, much appreciated, and for the notes for these two Farewells.

You were right Nigel, no regrets…

Re: The 72nd Highlanders’ Farewell To Aberdeen

Brenda Stubbert’s take on "Some Tasty Tunes" is very similar to the second setting (X: 2) which is not surprising as that is a Cape Breton setting. The C natural in the B part is in place of the slightly odd sounding C# in the pipe version. I’ve also heard the C# replaced with a D.

Regarding names, The Edinburgh Collection and Glenallan both have the title as "The Boy’s Lament for his Dragon" by Wm MacKay. The MacPhee Collection has it as "The Boy’s Lament for his Kite" with the same composer.
The Seaforth Highlanders and Queen’s Own Highlanders both have it as "The 72nd Highlanders’ Farewell to Aberdeen" by N Mathieson. Logan’s Complete Tutor and the College of Piping’s Essential Tunes have it as "The 72nd’s Farewell to Aberdeen" by the same composer.
So the Lament name seems to be ascribed to W MacKay and the Farewell name to N Mathieson. But then, online at pipetunes.ca, Jim MacGillivray gives the composer as John MacDonald.
Well that clears that up then!