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Macpherson's Rant (Below the Gallows Tree)
ID JSS0175
Title Macpherson's Rant (Below the Gallows Tree)
Document Reference MS2726/173
Format 238 x 302 mm
Medium Handwritten manuscript on music manuscript paper with notes
Item Type Manuscript
Subject Music, Scottish, Lament, Dirge, Macpherson's Rant
Item Description Manuscript in Skinner's hand of his 'Dirge' 'Macpherson's Rant (Below the Gallows Tree) by Himself, Nov: 1700'. Skinner notes that the music was 'composed by the Hero [James Macpherson, 'Freebooter'] in Banff Gaol, eve of his execution during the delivery of his wild dirge round the Scaffold the reprieve was seen to some [approach?] when the Banff clock was put up [ahead] 15 minutes to forestall it. Carlyle says:- "and was he not a hero too, but for want of more light - communicated to _ by Mr Forbes, Ellon -'
Creator James MacPherson
Creator Manuscript James Scott Skinner
Arranger James Scott Skinner
Time Period 1890-1900's
Associated Dates: Manuscript Nov 1900
Location University of Aberdeen
Collection Name Harp & Claymore


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