Dovecote Park jig

By James Braidwood

Also known as Dovecot Park, The Dovecote Park March, MacDonald Of Sleat.

There are 12 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

Dovecote Park has been added to 30 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Dovecote Park
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:f|A2A B2A|A>df a2g|f2f A>df|a>fd e2f|
A2A B2A|A>df a2g|f>ga e>cA|d3 d2:|
g|f>ga d2e|f>ed a2f|e2e A>Bc|egf e2g|
f>ga d2e|f>ed a2g|f>ga e>cA|d3 d2g|
f>ga d2e|f>ed a2f|e2e A>Bc|egf e2f|
A2A B2A|A>df a2g|f>ga e>cA|d3 d2||
|:f|A>df f>ef|A>df a2g|f>ed A>df|e3 e2f|
A>df f>ef|a>fd B2g|f>ga e>cA|d3 d2:|
g|a>fd A>df|f>ed B2d|A>df a>fd|e3 e2f|
a>fd A>df|f>ed B2g|f>ga e>cA|d3 d2g|
a>fd A>df|f>ed B2d|A>df a>fd|e3 e2f|
A>df f>ef|a>fd B2g|f>ga e>cA|d3 d2||
X: 2
T: Dovecote Park
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:f|{g}A2{GdGe}A {gBd}B2{G}A|{g}A>d{g}f {ag}a2g|{a}f2{GdG}f {g}A>d{g}f|a>f{g}d {gef}e2|
f|{g}A2{GdGe}A {gBd}B2{G}A|{g}A>d{g}f {ag}a2g|{a}f>ga {ef}e>c{d}A|{Gdc}d3 {gdG}d2:|
|:{gf}g|{a}f>ga {Gdc}d2e|{gfg}f>ed {ag}a2f|{g}e2{GdG}e {g}A>B{GdG}c|{g}e<gf {gef}e2|
{gf}g|{a}f>ga {Gdc}d2e|{gfg}f>ed {ag}a2g|{a}f>ga {ef}e>c{d}A|{Gdc}d3 {gdG}d2:|
|:f|{g}A>df {gfg}f>e{g}f|{g}A>d{g}f {ag}a2g|{gfg}f>ed {g}A>df|{gef}e3 {A}e2|
f|{g}A>df {gfg}f>e{g}f|a>fd {gBG}B2{gf}g|{a}f>ga {ef}e>c{d}A|{Gdc}d3 {gdG}d2:|
|:{gf}g|a>fd {g}A>df|{gfg}f>ed {gBG}B2{Gdc}d|{g}A>d{g}f a>f{g}d|{gef}e3 {A}e2|
{gf}g|a>fd {g}A>df|{gfg}f>ed {gBG}B2{gf}g|{a}f>ga {ef}e>c{d}A|{Gdc}d3 {gdG}d2:|

Eight comments

Dovecote Park

I’m posting this in answer to a request for a good 6/8 march. I have played this for years; I think I first became aware of it through the playing of Dave Swarbrick on his “Ceilidh Album”. It is sometimes called “MacDonald of Sleat” after a dance of that name which uses the tune, and it was composed by a James Braidwood. I enjoy playing this tune a lot.

It’s a ‘CRACKER’

I’ve just played it through and I think I’m going to enjoy playing this tune a lot too.

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boring as a march /fun played at slide speed!

P/M James Braidwood

The composer James Braidwood was apparently a Pipe Major; does anyone know if the was a Pipe Major in the military and if so, which regiment / battalion?

Pipe-Major James Braidwood

I don’t know the answer, I’m afraid, but in the Scots Guards Book 1, he is given no title, just “J Braidwood”. Another of his popular tunes here is “Looking for a Partner”, which is not a pipe tune. If you find out, aad, do let us know.

P/M James Braidwood

The following is from the website :
“Tune of the Day: Dovecote Park
Scottish pipe march and jig
This popular Scottish march was composed by Pipe Major James Braidwood, and appears in many collections for Highland bagpipes. Braidwood lived in Edinburgh, and was a friend of Pipe Major William Ross. When Willie was, rather suddenly, appointed to the Army Class in 1919, he didn’t have accommodation in the city, and Jimmy Braidwood put him up at his house, which was called Dovecote Park. He also composed a tune in his honor, which he titled “Pipe Major William Ross’s Welcome to Dovecote Park”. Ross enjoyed the tune and included it in his collection, but modestly deleted references to himself in the title, publishing it only as “Dovecote Park”.
The tune is sometimes called “MacDonald of Sleat” after a dance of that name which uses the tune.”

Re: Dovecote Park

On my list of Pipe Majors I now have 2 persons with the name James Braidwood!
One was Pipe Major of the 4th Volunteer Bn Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders (1906-1908) and 7th Bn Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders (from 1908).
The other was Pipe Major of the 79th Bn Training Reserve (around 1918); he was born 1883 in Larbert and died 1923 in Glasgow.
Probably that is one and the same person, but I have no evidence of that.
Please let me know if you have more information!

Re: Dovecote Park

Doesn’t sound a common name, but there are at least 2 more (probably not Pipe Majors!).
The one was born in 1800, and set up the world’s first municipal fire service in Edinburgh in 1824: only months later was “The Great Fire of Edinburgh”, before he’d been able to get everyone trained. He later went on to become Superintendent of the London Fire Service, and died while firefighting in 1861.
The other, I would have assumed is a former minister of our local church: there is a stained-glass window dedicated to James Braidwood, but his name does not appear in the list of past ministers.
Will let you know if I find out any more. Good tune!