PS 170 – Glengarry’s March

      Cille Chrìost

Primary Sources

H Gille Chriost H.1: 1v
D1 Cill Chriosda / Glengarry’s March D1.5: 30
Kilchrist G.20: 41
K1 Cill Chriosda / Glen[g]ary’s March K1.74: 169
SC Cilachrist SC.48
Angus MacKay, ‘Specimens of Canntareachd’ (c. 1854), no. 48

Notes on Gaelic Titles

Cille Chrìost Gille Chriost H; Cill Chriosda D1; Kilchrist G; Cill Chriosda K1; Cilachrist SC. Kilchrist. Only the English title ‘Glengarry’s March’ seems to have been used in modern times (perhaps because the sound of initial ‘Ch’ is foreign to Scots/English speech?). The names are linked by a well known tradition of the burning of the church of Cille Chriost by a party of MacDonalds (D1), and by a set of words beginning Chi mi thall ud an smùid mhòr ‘Yonder I see the great smoke’. See J. F. Campbell, Canntaireachd: articulate music. A. Sinclair, Glasgow (1880), p. 33-34; K. MacDonald, ‘A modern raid in Glengarry and Glenmoriston. The Burning of the Church of Gillechriost,’ Trans. Gaelic Society of Inverness, XV (1888–9), p. 34; R. D. Cannon, ‘Gaelic names of pibrochs: a classification’, Scottish Studies, 34 (2000–2006); R. Black, The Gaelic Otherworld. Birlinn, Edinburgh (2008), pp 117, 490.

Roderick Cannon (2009)

Archive Recordings

1949 Angus Campbell: Highland bagpipe (N.B. Play part 2, at bottom of window)
1952 Angus MacPherson: canntaireachd
1952 Angus MacPherson: chanter
1953 Pipe Major Robert B Nicol: Highland bagpipe
1955 Calum Johnston: Highland bagpipe

Other Material

2002 William Donaldson: Set Tunes Notes

2011 William Donaldson: Set Tunes Notes and


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