Designed & produced by Éric McLewis


The Massacre Of Glencoe - full movie (1971)

The tune is based on the march Colonel Robertson : Jim McLean wrote lyrics to that air in 1963, The Massacre Of Glencoe, about the famous night of 13 February 1692. The song itself is slightly different from the instrumental.

The Glencoe lament (The Massacre Of Glencoe, The Ballad Of Glencoe) is again based on the march, with a slower tempo than for the song.
Canadian pipers are used to play it just before the quick march Colonel Robertson.

One can also find it in a version that follows the song, with the beat of a Slow Air : I prefer to play it as a (beautiful) lament, to get a better contrast with the march.

The massacre of Glencoe has also inspired other tunes like a pibroch and a melody by James Scott Skinner.

Jim McLean : « When folk play the slow version, almost waltz, of Colonel Robertson and put the name "Glencoe" to it, it is derived from my song.
There was no mention of Glencoe attached to any variant of this tune before I wrote my song. Also I used bits of Sweetest May and Kinloch of Kinloch as well as Colonel Robertson which as you know is derived from those two tunes....
Blow the Wind Southerly is another from the same tune family. The tune to Burns' Oh Merry Hae I Been Teethin a Heckle is also part of the tune family and the musical direction is to play/sing it slowly.
Colonel Robertson is a quick variant rather than my song being a slow variant. »


Scottish bagpipe tunes




- score written by Éric McLewis with CelticPipes