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Hector the Hero
ID JSS0176
Title Hector the Hero
Document Reference MS2726/176a
Format 260 x 339 mm
Medium Handwritten manuscript on music manuscript paper
Item Type Manuscript
Subject Music, Scottish, Lament, Pipes, Violin, Piano
Item Description Manuscript in Skinner's hand of a his 'Coronach', 'Hector the Hero'. Under the music he has written '1st strain loco [played in place - as written] - the Coronach sighing through the trees. Composed [Monikie], 27 March 1903 - For immediate publication -'. 'Hector' was Sir Hector Macdonald (1853-1903) b. nr Dingwall, Ross-shire; d. Paris. He served at the Battle of Khartoum; Knighted in 1901. Aide-de Camp to Queen Victoria, and Major-General in the British army. He had one son with his wife Christina Duncan, secretly married, in the Scottish style, in 1884. Unsavoury rumours and illness drove him to suicide. 'Fighting Mac', a Robert B. Service (1874-1958) poem, and Thomas McWilliam's words for Skinner's melody ('O, wail for the mighty in battle, Loud lift ye the Coronach strain; For Hector, the Hero, of deathless fame, Will never come back again') show the public's sympathy for his tragic end.
Creator James Scott Skinner
Creator Manuscript James Scott Skinner
Arranger James Scott Skinner
Time Period 1880's - 1900's
Associated Dates: Manuscript 27 Mar 1903
Related Images MS2726/176b
Relationships JSS0177, JSS0178, JSS0622
Location University of Aberdeen
Collection Name Harp & Claymore
Audio Note this link will open another window so you can view the music and listen to the tune cd214a


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