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Old 03-14-2018, 03:02 PM   #1
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Default Bill Millin settings

Bill Millin listed his tunes he played during the Normandy landing as The Road to the Isles, Highland Laddie, All the Blue Bonnets are Over the Border, and The Nut Brown Maiden.

Does anyone know what settings he learned for these tunes?

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Old 03-14-2018, 04:51 PM   #2
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Greetings, David,

Haven't the foggiest about from where his settings
came... but as he was Lovat's piper... I would think
that they were the settings commonly taught... in that
day and place... and such should be easily researched.

What I do know is he played "The Road to the Isles" as
he walked up and down the sand... playing for the lads
still coming off of the boats... and up on to the beach...

And... on the road into the town... he saw a young and
brown-haired girl... peeking out of a window... and so he
thought to play it... for her... as they passed by... (And such,
even in youth... was the measure of the man...)

With "Blue Bonnets"... that may well have been played and
interspersed with "The Road to the Isles"... and then with
their first getting off of the beach... and up and on to the road...
... and "Hieland Laddie"... the same... and also while heading
down the road...

"Black Bear?" No... "The Longest Day"... notwithstanding. :)

I hope this may be of some assistance..

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Old 03-15-2018, 05:41 AM   #3
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I think Bills Son John would be able to answer your question. I can put you in touch.
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Old 03-15-2018, 06:11 AM   #4
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My guess is that it would be from the Army Manual of Bagpipe Tunes and Drum Settings by the Army Piping Committee that came out in 1934.

I no longer have these books, but as far as I recall the settings of The Road to the Isles, Highland Laddie, All the Blue Bonnets are Over the Border, and The Nut Brown Maiden were identical to the settings in the Seaforths book, which is still available.

I was taught by a man who had been a piper in WW2, and the Army settings and the Seaforths book were all I learned from him.
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Old 03-15-2018, 06:16 AM   #5
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Neat books the Army volumes...I have both in fairly pristine order.

Iíve surprisingly found a few tunes in these I didnít in my other regimental volumes.
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Old 03-16-2018, 01:38 AM   #6
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I wonder if close to exact settings could be found in the CeolSean.net collections?
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Old 03-16-2018, 07:29 AM   #7
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According to Wikipedia, Millin played with TA bands of the Highland Light Infantry and the Cameron Highlanders before joining the Commandos. Probably played settings used in either or both of those units.

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Old 03-17-2018, 09:31 AM   #8
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I'm only guessing, but I'd say the Scots Guards books.
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Old 03-17-2018, 09:38 AM   #9
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I'm only guessing, but I'd say the Scots Guards books.
Given the first edition was published in 1954, that might be a bit of a stretch...
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Old 03-18-2018, 12:30 PM   #10
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Thank you for the replies. Thanks to John MacDonald (see post above) I was able to get in touch with Bill Millin's son who was kind enough to contact me.

He did not know the settings used but he wrote that his father started with the Glasgow Boys Brigade in Shettelston Road and then studied at Fort George.

Also, he listed some tunes the were played during the march to Pegasus with a few that I haven't seen listed before to include:

All the Blue Bonnets are Over the Border, Skye Boat song, Scotland the Brave, Rowan Tree, Lochanside, and the Nut Brown maiden.

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