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Roslin Castle - Scottish Air

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Published on Jul 6, 2013

This performance features Jody Kruskal playing the lovely and pathetic Scotch Air, Roslin Castle on a Dipper G/D Anglo concertina. - www.jodykruskal.com

This tune was performed at London concert halls in the early 1800's and according to Charles Nicholson, was "greeted by enthusiastic applause and rapturously encored by moved audiences". Flautist, W.N. James wrote in 1826, that "Nothing can be finer than the deep pathos which pervades the whole of it"... "expressing the loftiness of grand and deep feeling". Scottish composer, James Oswald published it in 1752, though it is unclear if he wrote the melody or adapted it from an earlier tune.

The 14th century castle itself is 9 miles from Edinburgh, in Midlothian, Scotland. Though partially in ruins, it is currently a guest house that sleeps seven. Mary Queen of Scotts visited on 31st August 1563 during her tour of the south-west of Scotland. The castle is said to be haunted by a "black knight on horseback and a phantom hound, whose eerie baying is heard in the woods around the castle on dark and stormy nights".

The picturesque pleasures of ancient ruined towers rising high above a deep glen of the river Esk have long attracted poets, writers and painters. Illustrating the music are five 19th century watercolors, engravings and lithographs by:

J.M.W. Turner
W. Forrest after D.O. Hill
Picken after J. D. Harding
Aikman after D. McKenzie
F. Jukes after G. Walker

... mostly gleaned from the online University of Edinburgh Image Collection, © The University of Edinburgh.

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