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Lachlan MacNeill Campbell Of Kintarbert's Fancy

Lachlan was born in 1802, not far from Kilberry in Knapdale, and died in 1852. He was born a MacNeill (of the Gigha family, not the Barra family) but took his mother's name Campbell upon succeeding to his maternal uncle's estates, circa the 1830's. He was a harsh landlord who evicted over 40 tenants.

Lachlan was a piper who learned his piping in the Kintyre area before going to John MacKay, Raasay, for further training. This was at a time when MacKay resided at Kyleakin, across the narrows from Skye. MacKay composed a Salute in Lachlan's honour. Lachlan became a judge at national piping competitions, one of the few landed gentry of his time to do so.

Little is known about the origin of the tune except that it was a nameless piobaireachd that caught Lachlan's fancy – he played it so frequently that the tune acquired its present name. There is a possibility that it was composed by a Kintyre piper, either a MacAlister or a MacMurchie, one of whom is thought to have been Lachlan's early teacher.

 

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