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The Bells Of Perth

 

The Bells of Perth was composed by Donald MacIntyre of Rannoch, piper to Menzies of that Ilk. He is said to have trained under the MacCrimmons.

 

Although the precise date of the composition is uncertain, it is thought to be from the period 1770-80. One school of thought has it that the tune itself may be much older and probably has its origin in a folk song.

 

The piobaireachd conveys the sound of the eight bells of St. John the Baptist Church. In ceremonial times the beautiful sound of the bells could be heard in the surrounding hills above Perth. The piobaireachd captures the interplay of the bells, reflecting the pride of the townsfolk in these ancient bells, the oldest of which was about 280 years old when the piobaireachd was composed.

 

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