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Duke Of Atholl's Salute


Sir John Murray, 3rd Duke of Atholl, who chose the Hanoverian side during the Jacobite rebellion of 1745/46. The Dukedom had been created by Queen Anne in 1703.


Lord George Murray, Sir John's brother, was considered to be the ablest General on Prince Charles Edward Stuart's staff. He was respected by soldiers of every rank and held that respect even after the Prince's Army encountered misfortune. Unfortunately. he did not have the Prince's confidence. Lord George Murray had participated in the Risings of 1715 and 1719 and in campaigns in Holland. He disagreed with the Prince's plan to invade England, arguing in favour of consolidation within Scotland before venturing further afield. The Prince opted for invasion on the assumption that his presence in England would bring forth a host of Jacobite allies. That did not happen.


There is a story that once the decision to retreat from England was taken, very much against the Prince's wishes, Clanranald's piper was ordered to strike up a Gathering tune. He played a tune not heard before, the quality of which made it clear that the piper must have composed the tune earlier and held it in reserve for a worthwhile occasion. It served the purpose as the soldiers recognized the tune for what it was and came forward to receive their marching orders.


Did this Gathering tune come to be known as a March before becoming a Salute to the Duke of Atholl? And if so, when did those transformations occur? A mystery perhaps.


The tune may or may not have been composed to honour one of two brothers


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