John MacColl’s mysterious inspiration – a doozy of a dilemma

Published: February 28, 2013

Jim McGillivray’s excellent analysis of the famous John MacColl 2/4 march, “Sir Arthur Bignold of Loch Rosque,” brings to light the question of whether the tune is actually his own, or if, as in so many instances in pipe music, his inspiration came from other sources.

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