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The Daughter's Lament


The Daughter's Lament is a difficult tune to pin down. It apparently once carried the name, Lament for General Cleaver (the one and the same Bonnie Dundee, Viscount Graham of Claverhouse who was killed at the Battle of Killiecrankie, 1689).


There is an ancient tradition that no person, regardless of worth, can have more than one piobaireachd dedicated to him (although there seems to have been an exception in the case of Black Roderick MacNeill of Barra).


In a twist of fate, the tune was renamed the Daughter's Lament out of respect for Dundee's widow who married Lord Kilsyth, another Jacobite supporter. She died in her first pregnancy. In 1795, i.e., about 100 years later, the embalmed body of Lady Kilsyth and her daughter were discovered when repairs were being made to the kirk in Kilsyth.


The composer is unknown and who renamed the tune is also a mystery.


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