Sheet Music: Colonel Robertson

TitleColonel Robertson
Alternate titlesThe Massacre of Glencoe
ComposerTraditional Scottish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyD major
Time signature6/8
Tempo92 BPM
Performance time1:05
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2011-04-25
Last updated2011-04-25
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Celtic Music, Marches, Traditional/Folk


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Monday 25 April 2011

Tune of the Day: Colonel Robertson

Traditional Scottish pipe tune

This pipe march is said to have been composed by Pipe Major Farquhar Beaton, who led the 48th Highlanders of Canada from 1900 to 1913. He dedicated it to Colonel D.M. Robertson of the Toronto Highlanders, a battalion of the Canadian Army.

The tune later served as the basis of the air to a song, “The Massacre of Glencoe”, written by Jim MacLean in the 1960s. It became very popular, and has been recorded many times since.