Niall Watson, our piper and marshal played some especially apt
tunes for the LAMM and writes:
These were three tunes in 6/8 time:
- Major John MacLennan, The Gordon Highlanders composed
by Pipe Major George S McLennan of The Gordon Highlanders
- The Hills of Glenorchy - composer unknown
- The 10th Battalion The Highland Light Infantry Crossing the
Rhine composed by Pipe Major Donald Shaw Ramsey.
Pipe Major Donald Shaw Ramsey was made pipe major at the
age on 19. On leaving the Army he joined Edinburgh police and led
their pipe band to become world champions. He was shot (but not
killed) on police duty.
Major John MacLennan died in the Girls' High School in Aberdeen
which does not seem to be a bad place to go to me. He won the Distinguished
Conduct Medal whilst RSM of the 1st Battalion The Gordon Highlanders
during the Boer War. In 1902 he was appointed Quartermaster. In
1916 whilst serving in France his horse was startled by shell fire
and he fell off. The girls school was a miltary hospital and he
was evacuated to it but died on the 11th August 1916 - in what was
the music room. The composer was his cousin.
These were particularly apt tunes in 3/4 time that I learned for
the LAMM. They were:
- I See Mull (Land of my Youth) composed by D MacLellan
- Torosay Castle composed by Pipe Major J Laurie of the
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
I hope everyone enjoyed them.