C1 Nuail Doan / Index: Voal Doan C1.74: 162
A Peobaireachd / Index: The Battle of
Milduin the Red hill A.8: 23
R Mhaol Donn / Morars March R.27: 21v
K1 Blàr na Maol a’ Ruaidhe / The Battle of the Red Hill / Index: The Battle of Millroy or Caperoy K1.4: 11
K1 Cumha Mhuil Duin / Lament for Muil Duin Son of Conal King of Cantyre K1.60: 134
JK Maol Duin JK.52: 138
SC Milduin SC.35
Notes on Gaelic Titles
Blàr na Maoile Ruaidhe The Battle of
Milduin the Red hill A index; Blàr na Maol a’ Ruaidhe / The Battle of the Red Hill K1; The Battle of Millroy or Caperoy K1 index. The Battle of Mulroy. Angus MacKay’s expansion of the placename, and his alternative renderings, suggest that he knew it in Gaelic better than in English. The battle is noted in historical writings as the last actually fought between two clans, in 1688. See e.g. D. Gregory, History of the Western Highlands and Isles of Scotland (2nd edition 1881), p. 415.
Maol Donn Nuail Doan C1; Voal Doan C1 index; Mhaol Donn R; Cumha Mhuil Duin / Lament for Muil Duin Son of Conal King of Cantyre K1; Maol Duin JK; Muil Duin JKA; Milduin SC. Maol Donn. The meaning of this name was obscure to pibroch’s earliest transcribers. Traditional song texts concern the loss of a cow, mo ghaol am Maol Donn (my dear Hornless Brown) – see P. Cooke, ‘Problems of Notating Pibroch: A study of ‘Maol Donn’, Scottish Studies 16 (1972), pp. 41–59. A cow was for many people the most valuable thing they owned – more expensive than a house – and the loss of one was a serious matter. The modern name of the tune ‘MacCrimmon’s Sweetheart’ does not connect with this song, though the expression ‘sweetheart’ could come from the line just quoted. A Gaelic equivalent Leannan Mhic Cruimein is sometimes mentioned, but has not been found in any early source. The writer William Sharp (1855–1905) used Maol-Dunn (Bare Hill) as a place name in ‘Morag of the Glen’, a fictional story contributed to The Savoy Magazine (November, 1896) under the psuedonym Fiona Macleod (1910 edition, pp. 45–7). But the most intriguing of the diverse nineteenth-century rationalisations is surely Angus MacKay’s: his title refers to Máel Dúin mac Conaill (d. 688), a ruler in Kintyre mentioned in the Annals of Ulster. Could a thread of oral transmission here stretch back eleven centuries?