PS 039 – Lament for Donald Duaghal MacKay

      Cumha Dhòmhnaill Duaghail Mhic Aoidh

      Cumha Mhic Aoidh

Primary Sources

C1 Chumh Mhic Caoie C1.38: 74
Cunah ‘Mic Cui / McKays Lament A.19: 57
Dj Cumh con Mhic aoidh Dj.37: 49
KB Cumha Dhomhnuill Dhuaghal Mhic Aoidh / Donald Duaghal Mackay’s Lament KB.3: 7

Notes on Gaelic Titles

Cumha Dhòmhnaill Duaghail Mhic Aoidh Chumh Mhic Caoie C1; Cunah Mic Cui or the chief of  McKay’s Lament A; Cumh con Mhic aoidh DJ; Cumha Dhomhnuill Dhuaghal Mhic Aoidh / Donald Duaghal Mackay’s Lament KB. Lament for Donald Duaghal MacKay. There is no agreement on the meaning of the epithet Duaghal –  see A.J. Haddow, The history and structure of ceol mor, M. R. Haddow (1982); reprinted 2004, The Piobaireachd Society, p. 102 for a summary of suggestions –  but the tune is conventionally connected with the first Lord Reay. He died in 1649 (I. Grimble, Chief of MacKay, Routledge and Kegan Paul, London [1965]). The spelling Cunadh in A is presumably a misreading of an earlier cumhadh – see e.g. Cumha Dhòmhnaill Bhàin Mhic Chruimein (220).

Roderick Cannon (2009)

Archive Recordings

1949 Angus Campbell
1953 Pipe Major Robert Bell Nicol

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