Highland Laddie Polka/Reel ?
I think this was shown as a reel yesterday. Same tune as the polka Donkey Riding but on one of the recordings linked (https://thesession.org/recordings/display/2887) it is in a dance set with with The Sally Gardens, The Maid Behind The Bar and The Mason’s Apron.
Pipe tune setting-inspired, or from the song?
This is the same as the popular pipe tune adaptation of the same name? Interesting as it seems to follow the bagpipe adaptation rather than the older singing versions. Even on the pipes, tere are two different versions of the second part.
Highland Laddie, X:2
This setting is pretty similar to what I hear GHB players do. The Tannahill Weavers did a version similar to this, with verses and lyrics as well.
Re: Highland Laddie
The amazing Scottish fiddler Ryan Young takes the tune to new places in his version
it can also be found on his debut CD