PS 137 – Lament for Patrick Og MacCrimmon

      Cumha Phàdraig Mhóir Mhic Cruimein

      Cumha Phàdraig Òig Mhic Cruimein

Primary Sources

C2 Couloddins Lament C2.53: 120
D1 Cumh Pharic More Mhic Cruimmen / Lament on the death of Patrick More McCrummen D1.16: 84
KB Cumha Phadruig Oig Mhic Cruimein / Patrick óg MacCrummen’s Lament KB.35: 82

Notes on Gaelic Titles

Cumha Phàdraig Òig/Mhóir Mhic Cruimein Cumh Pharic More Mhic Cruimmen / Lament on the death of Patrick More McCrummen D1; Cumha Phadruig Oig Mhic Cruimein / Patrick óg MacCrummen’s Lament KB. Lament for Patrick Og/Mor MacCrimmon. Said to have been composed by mistake when the subject was still alive (KB Notes, no. 35). A genealogical account prefixed to KB distinguishes Padraig Mór and Padraig Òg. No other tune names mention either of them but see notes on Fàilte a’ Mharcuis (PS 157). On the basis of Colin Campbell’s title, this was possibly the tune Alexander Campbell heard in 1815 performed in Fingal’s Cave by Staffa’s piper, a pupil of Donald MacCrummon: ‘Lament for the Slain on the fatal field of Culoden’ (ACD, f. 9v). Allan MacDonald suggests that neither Colin nor Alexander Campbell are directly translating a Gaelic title; ‘Lament for Culloden’ is likely to be a rendering of Latha Chùil Lodair (lit. Culloden day) with no need for Cumha before it. Cf. Latha Sròn a’ Chlachain (PS 74).

Roderick Cannon (2009), rev. Barnaby Brown, 2015

Archive Recordings

1949 Angus Campbell
1950 Callum Johnston
1953 Pipe Major Robert U Brown
1953 Pipe Major William MacLean
1961 Pipe Major John D Burgess
1964 Calum Johnston (canntaireachd)
1965 Calum Johnston
1966 Pipe Major/Captain John A MacLellan
1971 George Moss
1972 George Moss

Other Material

2004 William Donaldson: Set Tunes Notes

2009 William Donaldson: Set Tunes Notes

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