While under sentence of death in the jail, during the week between his trial and his execution, Macpherson is said to have composed the tune and the song now known as Macpherson's Lament. Sir Walter Scott says that Macpherson played it under the gallows and, after playing the tune, he then offered his fiddle to anyone in his clan who would play it at his wake. When no one came forward to take the fiddle, he broke it – either across his knee or over the executioner's head – and then threw it into the crowd with the remark, "No one else shall play Jamie Macpherson's fiddle". The broken fiddle now lies in the Macpherson Clan museum near Newtownmore, Inverness-shire. He then was hanged or, according to some accounts, threw himself from the ladder, to hang by his own will. This was allegedly the last capital sentence executed in Scotland under Heritable Jurisdiction, taking place on 16 November 1700. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamie_Macpherson

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Here's a recording of one of my favorite set dances, "The Three Sea Captains" performed with the members of Never Bird Theatre: Catherine Dunne on bodhran, Noah Elijah-Stone on violin, Sam Grossman on banjo, Greg Bowen on guitar and me on tin whistle.  Performance was held at the Memorial Episcopal Church in Baltimore, MD