Pitlour house, an old workplace of Mary Maxwell Campbell
BORN 19th November 1812, Riccarton, Ayrshire
DIED 15th Jan 1886, St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland
WORKED Pitlour House, Strathmiglo, Fife, Scotland
There is very little about Mary Campbell that is easy to access, so we don’t know if she had any scientific connections. If you have access to materials, or know anyone researching her please contact us if you’d like to help us make this page more fully reflect this wonderful composer.
Title: The March of the Women of Science (originally The March of the Cameron Men) Scientist: SCIENTISTS Words by: Mary Maxwell Campbell Arranged by: Frances M Lynch & Herbie Clarke Written in: 1829 (2018) For: Voices and Drums Performed by: Frances M Lynch Premiered: National Library of Scotland, Jan 18th 2018
“I composed this song when very young, after traveling from morning to night through Highland scenery with a member of the Lochiel family.”
It tells the story of the involvement of Cameron of Lochiel in Bonnie Prince Charlie’s rising in 1745. The ballad was set for voice and piano, but she created a famous version of solo bagpipes which has become embedded in the pipe band repertoire through it’s early use by the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders.
The words needed only tiny changes to become the March of the Women of Science, which has become the anthem of Minerva Scientifica and is performed at every event.
Bagpipes – the instrument that made her tune famous
Unknown – but most likely she was taught at home.
As far as we know Mary was primarily a composer. She wrote songs and music for piano and bagpipes. Our favourite song is “The Mole and the Bat” (1876)
DID YOU KNOW?
When March of the Cameron Men was first published in England it was attributed “to a Lady” – it was later that they began to mention her name – mainly as others claimed it as theirs!