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Lament For Captain MacDougall

 

The Lament For Captain MacDougall is thought to have been composed by Ranald Mor MacDougall, hereditary Clan piper, circa 1812. Ranald Mor was the grandson of Ranald Ban MacDougall who composed The King's Taxes.

 

The tune honours Alexander (Sandy) MacDougall who was killed in Spain during the Peninsula War. Ranald had previously composed a Salute to Alexander when he was appointed a Captain in the army.

 

Until at least 1864 this branch of the MacDougalls maintained a school of piping that they called “The Piper's Croft”. This school was located in the Oban area.

 

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