Glen Orchy is a long glen in Argyll and Bute, western Scotland,
through which runs the River Orchy. Braes is the Scots
term for a slope or bank, as in banks of the river. The tune
appears first in print in Alexander Mackay's 1805 collection. It
is an early setting of the jig better known as "Jolly Corkonian
(The)" or "Hills of Glenorchy”. Glen Orchy was known by the
by-name of Gleann Urchaidh nam badan (Glen Orchy of the copses).
Glen Orchy was one of the major homes of Clan Gregor until the
clan was outlawed in 1603 by King James VI. One of the better
known inhabitants of the glen was Duncan Ban MacIntyre.
Donnchadh Bŕn Mac an t-Saoir, anglicized as Duncan Ban
MacIntyre (March 20, 1724 – May 14, 1812), was one of the
most renowned of Scottish Gaelic poets. He formed an integral
part of one of the golden ages of Gaelic poetry in Scotland
during the 18th century.