Ballindalloch is the traditional seat of Clan Grant and is deep in the heart of Speyside whisky country. Grant is a long-lived Scottish name and has held Castle Grant and Urquart Castle in Inverness in past centuries. The family and the regions in question have been synonymous with whisky distilling for as long as it has been recorded. The tune makes a print appearance as early as 1757, during the time of heavy taxation and regulation of whisky by the British Crown. It could be that Ballindalloch’s “dream” was to have an unrestricted flow of whisky, free of duties and constraints. Listen to the “Small Tunes Podcast” for this tune at Pipehacker.com and get a bit more history and listen to a rendition of the tune on the bagpipe.
View the score for “Ballindalloch’s Dream.”