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Farewell To Lochaber (Cha Till Mor Mo Bhean)

By Traditional

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Accordion - Digital Download
Composed by Traditional. Arranged by J. Gordon. World, Folk, European, Celtic. 1 pages. Published by Julia Gordon (S0.409761).

Item Number: S0.409761

Farewell To Lochaber (Cha Till Mor Mo Bhean) - Also known as ‘Lochaber No More’, this ballad was first published in ‘Tea Table Miscellany’ (1724). The words are by the poet Allan Ramsay (1686-1757) who had strong Jacobite leanings although he never actually participated in the uprisings. The tune itself is usually attributed to the Irish Harper, Thomas Connellan who died in 1698. Connellan apparently spent time in Scotland, and adapted the tune ‘Limerick's Lamentation’ to ‘Farewell to Lochaber’.  ‘Limerick’s Lamentation’, however, retains a claim on being originally a Scottish tune that was only ‘refashioned’ by another Irish harper, Myles O'Reilly.  It is said that, in the old days, the playing of this nostalgic Gaelic air to the Highland regiments on active service abroad had such a profound adverse effect on the morale of the men, that eventually it had to be banned.  Lochaber, in the north-west of Scotland, is a wild and rugged place of mountain and moorland, running from the Great Glen to Knoydart on the coast.

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