PS 157 – The Marquis of Argyll’s Salute

      Donnachadh Dall Mac Dhòmhnaill an Urais

      Fàilte a’ Bhodaich

      Fàilte a’ Mharcuis

Primary Sources

C2 Donaich dall Mhac Donail Nuras C2.73: 159
The Marquis of Argyle’s Salute R.16: 13r
D2 Failte Bhodaich / The Duke of Argyle’s Salute D2.43: 245
Marquis of Talibeardin’s Salute G.11: 26
KB Failte Mharcuis Earraghedheal / The Marquis of Argyle’s Salute KB.25: 61
SC Failte Mharcues SC.11
Angus MacKay, ‘Specimens of Canntareachd’ (c. 1854), no. 11

Notes on Gaelic Titles

Donnachadh Dall Mac Dhòmhnaill an Urais (?)  Donaich dall Mhac Donail Nuras C2. Blind Duncan, son of Donald of New Ross (?), though W. Matheson (private communication c. 1979) proposed ‘Blind Duncan son of Donald the notary’.

Fàilte a’ Bhodaich Failte Bhodaich / The Duke of Argyle’s Salute D2. The Old Man’s Salute. Perhaps Fàilte a’ Bhodaich was a derogatory parody for the Duke, unless it stands for Fàilte a’ Bhòdaich which would be a salute to ‘the man from Bute’.

Fàilte a’ Mharcuis The Marquis of Argyle’s Salute R; Marquis of Talibeardin’s Salute G; Failte Mharcuis Earraghedheal / The Marquis of Argyle’s Salute KB. Failte Mharcues SC. Salute to the Marquis. MacLeod of Gesto (G) records that the tune was played ‘by Patrig Oig Maccrimmon’ at Dunvegan to welcome the Marquis of Tulliebardine and it has been argued (PS Book 10, p. 281) that the Tulliebardine name only reflects that one occasion. This arises from the suggestion that Fàilte a’ Mharcuis was the ordinary vernacular name.

Roderick Cannon (2009)

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