Monday 3 February 2014
Tune of the Day: Bovaglie's Plaid
Slow air by James Scott Skinner
This pastoral air was composed by Scots fiddler James Scott Skinner, and originally published as “Roualeyn's Plaid”. It was said to be dedicated to Roualeyn George Gordon-Cumming, an eccentric individual who was a big game hunter in Africa for a time, and wrote several books on the subject.
Sometime later, Skinner changed the name to “Bovaglie's Plaid”, which is the name given to the woodland around Bovaglie, in Glen Girnock in the parish of Crathie in Deeside. It is said that Queen Victoria likened the woodland to a Highland plaid.
Thanks to Ronald for suggesting this tune!