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.