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Updated 08/04/2020


Welcome to behind the tunes; a collection of music for the Highland Bagpipes and the stories behind them.  This is a work in progress and a labor of love.  The music and stories are meant to be shared.  Each page contains information about the tune, lyrics (for those tunes that have them), the music, a printable PDF copy, and a downloadable version in Bagpipe Music Writer.

Be sure to refresh this page on a regular basis for updates.


10th Battalion HLI Crossing the Rhine (VI)
12th Battalion Royal Scots (VI)
15th Scottish Division (VI)
71st's Highlander's Farewell to Dover
71st Highlander's Quick Step
73rds Farewell to Edinburgh
74th Highlanders March (V4)
78th's Farewell to Fort George
78th Highlander's March

93rd Highlanders Welcome to Glasgow (V4)

A Man's A Man for A' That (VI)
A Nation Once Again (V2)
A Night at the Broch
Abercairney's Highlandmen
Achany Glen (V2)
Advance Australia Fair (V2)
Ae Fond Kiss (V2)
Aherlow Glens (V3)
Airlie Castle
Alexander Duff's (V2)
Alison Hargreave's Farewell to K2 (V3)
Alistair Fergus Ewan
All the Bluebonnets are Over the Border (VI)
Amazing Grace (VI)
America the Beautiful (V2)
Amhran na bhFiann (The Soldier's Song)
An Ataireachd Ard (The Surge of the Sea)
An Chailleach sa Tornoig (The Old Hag at the Kiln) (V2)
Anchors Aweigh (VI)
An Eala Bhan (The White Swan) (V2)
An Mhaighdean Mhara (The Sea Maiden) (V2)
Angus John's Fancy (V3)
Ar Hyd y Nos (All Through the Night) (V2)
Ar Eirinn Ni Neosfainn CehI (For Ireland I'd Not Tell Her Name) (V2)
Ardblair Castle
Ardross Castle
Arnistan Castle (V2)
Arthur Bignold of Lochrosque (V2)
Ashokan Farewell
Atholl Brose (V2)
Atholl Highlanders (VI)
Athol Highlanders' March to Loch Katrine
Auchmountain's Bonnie Glen (V3)
Auld Lang Syne (V2)

Back of the Change-House
Back to Donegal (VI)
Balgie Burn
Balmoral (VI)
Balmoral Castle (V2)
Banjo Breakdown (V3)
Barrosa (V3)
Battle of the Somme (VI)
Battle of Waterloo (VI)
Believe Me if All Those Endearing Young Charms (V3)
Ben More
Black Duncan
Bloody Fields of Flanders (VI)
Bluebells of Scotland (VI)
Bonnie Dundee (VI)
Bonnie Galloway
Bonnie Lass O' Fyvie (VI)
Bonnie MacAlpine (VI)
Bonny Portmore (V3)
Bonnie Strathmore
Boturich Castle
Braemar Highlanders
Braes of Glen Orchy
Brahan Castle
Brian Boru (VI)
Bridge of Perth
Briogais Mhic Ruari (Roryson's Breeks)
Brose and Butter (V2)
Brown-Haired Maiden (VI)
Buchal an Eire (Come by the Hills) (VI)
ttavante Castle (V3)

Ca' the Ewes (V3)
Caber Feidh (VI)
Cahirmee Fair
Cailleach an Airleg (The Hag with the Money) (V2)
Cairnbulg Point
Caledonian Canal
Caller Herrin' (V2)
Calon Ln (A Pure Heart) (V2)
Campbell's Farewell to Redcastle (VI)
Campbeltown Loch
Captain Horne (VI)
Captain Lochlan MacPhail of Tiree (VI)
Captain Norman Orr Ewing (V3)
Carlingford Lough (VI)
Carradale Bay (VI)
Castle Cary Pipes & Drums (VI)
Castle Dangerous (V2)
Castle Grant (V2)
Castle Menzies
Chester Castle
Clare's Dragoons (V3)
Cliffs of Doneen (VI)
Cock o' the North (V3)
Cockney Jocks (VI)
Col. Craigies Farewell to the 74th
Colonel McNamara, M.P. (V3)
Colonel Stewart of Garth's Reel
Conference at Bonar Bridge
Corkhill (VI)
Corriechoillie's 43rd Welcome
  to the Northern Meeting
Craighall Crescent
Craigh na Dun (V3)
Craigievar Castle
Craigmillar Castle
Craignish Castle 
Creagh Castle (V3)
Crodh Chailean (Colin's Cattle)
Crossing the Minch (VI)
Crossing the Spital
Cullen Bay (VI)
Cuttymun & Treeladle
Cwn Rhondda (Rhondda Valley) (V2)

Dalcassian Tribe March (V4)
Danny Boy (V3)
Darnick Lasses
Donaghclony (V4)
Donal' Don (V4)
Donald of the Isles
Donald Blue (V3)
Donald MacLean's Farewell to Oban (VI)
Donald MacLeod (VI)
Donella Beaton
Dornie Ferry
Dornoch Links (V2)
Down by the Sally Gardens (VI)
Drouthy (Thirsty) Crony
Drummond Castle Laundry
Duke of Perth's Reel
Duke of Sutherland's March
Dumfries House
Dunbartonshire Volunteers
Dunblane (V2)

Dundee Military Tattoo (V2)
Dunoon Castle (V4)
Dunrobin Castle (V4)
Dunvegan Castle

Earl or Erroll (VI)
Earl of Hume
Edinbane (V4)
Edinburgh City Police Pipe Band (V4)
Egg and the Fiddle (V3)
Eileen Alannah (V3)
Ensign Keogh (V4)

Farewell to Cape Helles (V4)
Farewell to Govan (V2)
Farewell to Nigg (V3)
Farewell to the Creeks (V3)
Farquhar Macrae (V4)
Faskally House (V4)
Faugh a Ballagh (Clear the Way) (VI)
Fear a' Bhta (The Boatman) (V2)
Fingal's Weeping (VI)
Finnegan's Wake (V3)
Flett from Flotta (VI)
Flora MacDonald
Flower of Scotland (VI)
Flowers of the Forest (VI)
Four Green Fields (V2)

Frimley (V4)

Garryowen (VI)
Gillie Callum
Glasgow Gaelic Club
Glen Lyon
God Save Ireland (VI)
God Save the Queen
Going Home (V2)

Golspie Fishermen (V4)
Grandtully Bridge (V4)

H.M.S. Renown
Hail to the Chief (V3)
Hawick Express (V4)
Heave Ho! My Boys, Heave Ho! (V2)
Heather Grant of Strathyre (V3)
Hector the Hero (V3)
High Road to Gairloch (VI)
Highland Brigade's March to the
  Battle of Alma

Highland Cathedral (V2)
Highland Harry
Highland Laddie (VI)
Highland Society of London

I Love a Lassie (VI)
I Will Go Home to Kintail (VI)
I'll Gang Nae Mair tae Yon Toon (VI)
Inverary Castle (V3)
Invergordon Castle
Inverness Gathering (V3)
Invisible in the Cowcaddens
Isle of Hoy (VII)

Jackets Green (V4)
Jenny's Bawbee (VI)
Jessie Brown of Lucknow
Jimmy Findlater (V3)

John Cheap, the Chapman
Johnny Cope (V4)

Kantarah to El Arish (V4)
Kate Dalrymple
Kelly the Boy from Killane (V3)
Kessock Ferry
Kilaloe (V2)
Killicrankie (V2)
Kilworth Hills (V2)

Knockanare (V4)

Lady Carmichael of Castlecraig (V4)
Lady Charlotte Murray's Jig
Lady Madelina Sinclair
Laird o' Cockpin (V4)
Lament for Donald MacRae (Balallan) (V4)
Lament for Jef Ar Penven (V3)
Lament for Sir Rory Mor (V4)
Lanigan's Ball (V3)
Leaving Arisaig (VI)
Leaving Cobh
Leaving Glen Urquhart
Leaving Strathdon
Lecale (V3)
Let Erin Remember the Days of Old (V3)
Lochanside (VI)
Loch Broom Bay (V2)
Loch Lomond (V2)
Loch Maree (V2)
Loch Rannoch (V2)
Loch Ruan (V3)
Loch Tay Boat Song
Lochiel's March
Lochinvar House
Lonach Lasses
Lord Alexander Kennedy's March
Lord Blantyre
Lord Clyde's Welcome to Glasgow
Lord Collingwood's Victory
Lord Dunmore's Jig
Lord Glenlyon's March
Lord Huntly's Cave
Lord John Scott
Lord Lovat's Lament (VI)
Lord of the Isles' Welcome to Armadale Castle
Lord Panmure
Lord Reay's Jig
Lord Saltoun's Reel
Loudoun's Bonnie Woods and Braes (VI)

Lough Conn (V4)
Lough Derg (V4)
Lt. Col. W.D. Faulkner M.C. (V3)
Lullaby from R.B. Nicol (V4)

MacCrimmon's Lament (V2)
MacKay's Farewell to the 74th (V3)
MacKenzie Highlanders' March (V3)
MacNeil's Farewell to Bara
MacRae Meadow (V2)
Mairi nighean Alasdair
Mairi's Wedding (VI)
Major Bowen
Major Mackie
March to Battle (Across the Rio Grande)
Mark Sheridan's (V3)
Marquess of Stafford
Marquess of Tullinbardine
Marquis of Huntly's Highland Fling
Marquis of Lorne's Strathspey
Men of Argyle (V3)
Millbank Cottage
Miss Catherine Maxwell's Scotch Measure
Miss Drummond of Perth
Miss Ishabel T. MacDonald
Monymusk (V2)
Mrag of Dunvegan (V2)
Mosta Fort (V3)
Mrs. Joy Cairns (V3)
Muir of Ord (VI)
Murdo's Wedding
My Dream Valley on the
   Road to Glendaruel
My Ladys Gown theres Gairs upon it 
My Love She's But a Lassie Yet (VI)

My Tocher's the Jewel (V4)

Naxxar (V4)
Neil Gow's Farewell to Whisky (V2)
New Year in Noosa (V2)
Notre Dame Victory March (V2)

Nuair chunnic min ts thu, dheaninn do phsadh (I would have preferred thee at first, but not now Sir) (V4)

Ochil Hills
O'Donnell Ab (V4)
O'er The Bows to Ballindalloch (VI)
Oft in the Stilly Night (V3)
O Mhiri, e Mhiri (V4)
O'Neill's War March (V3)
Oh! I Hae Seen the Roses Blaw
Ossian's Hall
Our Ain Bonnie Laddie (V4)
Over the Water to Charlie
Owen Roe O'Neill (V3)

Paddywhack (V4)
Paddy Carey(V4)
Peter Henderson's March
    to Strochanclachan
Piobaireachd of Donald Dubh (V4)
Piper Alpha (V2)
Pipe Major Donald Maclean of Lewis (VI)
Pipe Major James Sutherland
Pipe Major J.K. Cairns (V3)
Pipe Major William Ross' Farewell
   to the Scots Guard (VI)
Portree Men

Queen Victoria's Jubilee

Raasay House (VI)
Red Hugh (V3)
Robin Adair (VI)
Rocky Road to Dublin (V2)
Rogart Volunteers
Rory O'More (V3)
Ross' Farewell to Pangnirtung (V2)

Roxburgh Castle
Rutherglen Bridge (V4)

Salute to the Royal Fendersmith (V2)
Saltwood Castle
Sciehallion (VI)
Scotland the Brave (VI)
Scots Wha Hae (VI)
Seaforth's Strathspey
Semper Paratus (Always Prepared) (VI)
Shoals of Herring (V2)
Sir Alexander Gibson-Maitland Bart.
Sir Hector Munro's Reel
Sir John Sinclair's Farewell to Caithness
Skibo Castle
Son of the Earl of the White Banners
Soraidh Leis An Ait (Farewell to the Place) (V3)
Sprig of Shillelagh (V3)
Star of the County Down (V2)
Stirling Castle
Stornoway Bay (VI)

Suantree (V4)
Suo Gn (VI)
Surrender of Cronje
Sunset on the Somme  

Tain Lasses
Taps (V3)
Tarbert Fair
Taymouth Castle
Teddy O'Neill (V5)
Teribus (VI)
Tha Mi Sgith (Cutting Bracken) (V3)
The 7th H.L.I's Farewell to Dunfermline (V5)
The 8th Argyll's Crossing the River Po (V2)
The 8th Argyll's Polka (V5)
The 25th KOSB's Farewell to Meerut (V3)
The 71st's Polka
The 72nd Highlanders (V5)
The 72nd Highlander's Farewell to Aberdeen (VI)
The 79th's Farewell to Gibraltar (V3)
The 87th's Colours (V3)
The 89th at Leros (V5)
The Army Goes Rolling Along (VI)
The Ash Grove (VI)
The Atholl and Breadalbane Gathering (V3)
The Auld Man of Berriedale
The Ballacnulish Walkabout (V2)
The Balmoral Highlanders (V3)
The Banks of Allan Water (V2)
The Banshee
The Bard of Armagh (V2)
The Barren Rocks of Aden (VI)
The Battle of Aughrim (V2)
The Bells of Dunblane (V2)
The Birken Tree
The Birth of Lord Reay's Daughter (V5)
The Black Bear (VI)
The Black Watch
The Blue Bonnet
The Boatman of Pitnacree (V5)
The Bob o' Fettercairn (V5)
The Bold Fenian Men (V2)
The Bonnie Hoose O' Airlie (V2)
The Bool Road Rattler (V5)
The Boys' Brigade (V5)
The Boys of the Old Brigade (V2)
The Boys of Malin (V2)
The Boys of Wexford (VI)
The Braes of Mellinish (V5)
The Caledonian Society of London (V3)
The Cameron Highlanders (V5)
The Campbell's are Coming (V5)
The Canadian Irish (V5)
The Canadian Kilties' Welcome to Scotland
The Caubeen Trimmed with Blue (V3)
The Cave of Gold (Uamh An Oir) (V5)
The Charms of Whisky
The Circassian Circle (V3)
The Clett of Thurso (V5)
The Coolins (V5)
The Cruel Mother (V3)
The Dark Island (V3)
The Dawning of the Day (
Finne Gael an Lae) (V3)
The Dolls' Levee (V5)
The Drunken Piper (Far am bi mi fhn) (V3)
The Duchess of Edinburgh
The Duchess of Montrose (V5)
The Duchess of Sutherland's Jig (Binn-Die Chraobh) (V5)
The Duke of Roxburgh's Farewell to the
    Black Mount Forest

The Dusty Road from Mutra (V3)
The Earl of Caithness (V5)
The Earl of Dunmore
The Earl of Mansfield (VI)
The Edinburgh Volunteers
The Eight Men of Moidart (VI)
The Fair Maid of Bara (V2)
The Fairy Knoll at Pennan
The Fall of Port Arthur
The Famous Ballymote (V2)
The Flutes of Inverallochy (V5)
The Flying Tea-Room of Glendaruel (V5)
The Foggy Dew (VI)
The Gallowglass (V2)
The Gap of Dunloe (V2)
The Garb of Old Gaul (VI)
The Glendaruel Highlanders (VI)
The Gordon Highlanders (V2)
The Green Glens of Antrim (V2)
The Green Hills of Tyroll (VI)
The Gypsy's Warning (V5)
The Heights of Dargai (VI)
The Heroes of Kohima (V2)
The Heroes of Ortona (VI)
The Heroes of Vitoria (VI)
The High Road to Linton (V5)
The Highland Brigade at Magerfonstein
The Highland Borderers Farewell to Fort George
The Highland Brigades March to the Battle of Alma
The Hills of Bara (V3)
The Hills of Glen Orchy
The Hills of Moffat (V5)
The Hillswick Wedding (V5)
The Inniskilling Dragoon (V5)
The Irish Washerwoman (V5)
The Ivy Leaf (V5)
The Kinnegad Slashers (V5)
The Lads of Islay
The Lads of Kilmarnock
The Laird of Keir's
The Lewis and Harris Gathering (V5)
The Little Beggarman (VI)
The Lovat Scouts (V5)
The MacLeans of Roag (V5)
The Maid of Eddrachillis (V5)
The Maple Leaf Forever (V2)
The Marchioness of Tullibardine
The Marine's Hym (VI)
The Massacre of Glencoe (V2)
The Meeting of the Waters (V5)
The Men of Argyll (V5)
The Merry Maid of Sandside
The Mingulay Boat Song (VI)
The Minstrel Boy (VI)
The Mist Covered Mountains (V2)
The Mountains of Iveragh (V2)
The Mountains of Mourne (V2)
The Mountains of Pomeroy (V5)
The Muckin' o' Geordie's Byre (V2)
The Mull of Kintyre (V2)
The Old Rustic Bridge (VI)
The Ord of Caithness (V5)
The Pap of Glencoe (V2)
The Paps of Jura (V2)
The Parting Glass (V3)
The Periwig (V5)
The Pikeman's March (V2)
The Pibroch of Bonny Strathearn (V5)
The Piper's Cave (V3)
The Piper's Maggot (V5)
The Protestant Boys
The Quaker
The Rakes of Kildare (VI)
The Rakes of Mallow (VI)
The Road to Lisdoonvarna (V2)
The Red Devils Over Arnhem
The Reel of Tulloch
The Right Honorable Lord John Scott's March
The Rose of Arranmore (V2)
The Rose of Tralee (V3)
The Roving Baker frae Milngavie
The Rowan Tree (VI)
The Royal Scots Polka (V3)
The Saffron Kilt (V2)
The Scottish Horse
The Shamrock Leaves (V3)
The Siege of Delhi (VI)
The Skye Boat Song (VI)
The Smith of Killiechassie (V5)
The Snowy Breasted Pearl (V5)
The South Down Militia (V3)
The Standard on the Braes of Mar
The Stirlingshire Militia (V5)
The Stool of Repentance (V2)
The Sugar Merchant
The Taking of Beaumont-Hamel (V2)
The Thistle of Scotland (V2)
The Thornton Jig
The Town of Ballybay (V2)
The Trip to Sligo (V2)
The U.S. Air Force (VI)
The War March of
the Clan Suibhne of Fanad (V5)
The Wearing of the Green (VI)
The Wedding of Ballyporeen
The White Cockade (V3)
The Widow's Rant (V5)
The Wild Rover (V2)
The Wind on the Heath
There's a Hole in the Boat
Thornbury Cottage (V2)

Tir Nam Beann (Land of the Hills) (V5)
Tomatin (V5)
Top o' Cork Road (V3)
Tullichewen Castle (V5)
Tullochgorum (V5)

Victoria Hornpipe

Waltzing Matilda (V2)
We're No' Awa' Tae Bide Awa (V2)
When the Battle is Over (VI)
When Irish Eyes are Smiling (V3)
Whistle Ower the Lave Ot
Will Ye no Come Back Again (V2)

Willie's gane to Melville Castle
With Wellesley's Rifles at Keren (VI)

Ye Banks and Braes O' Bonnie Doon (V3)
Yester House (V5)
Youghal Harbor (V3)
Young Rory