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Page 2 of 2: Words, Hector the Hero
ID JSS0623
Title Page 2 of 2: Words, Hector the Hero
Document Reference MS3088
Format 238 x 300 mm
Medium Handwritten Manuscript
Item Type Manuscript
Subject Scottish Music, Lyrics, Hector
Item Description Manuscript, in Gavin Greig's hand, of page 153 in Skinner's Harp and Claymore Collection. This is the final draft, the copy used by the printers when they set the music for publication. Afterwards, the publishers Bayley and Ferguson (London and Glasgow) returned the draft copy to Greig. This 'Lament' and the poem (JSS0623) was for 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 to 'Hector the Hero' - '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 Thomas McWilliam
Creator Manuscript Gavin Greig
Time Period 1890-1900's
Associated Dates: Creation c.1900
Associated Dates: Manuscript c.1900
Related Images MS2726
Relationships JSS0622
Location University of Aberdeen
Collection Name Harp & Claymore (Argo)


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