Mike Briggs asks on the Strathspey list: »Who is (or was) Fair Donald?«

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Alan Twhigg points out that »Fair Donald« is English for »Donald Bane«, or »Donald the Fair-Haired«. There's another dance called »Donald Bane«, and Bruce Herbold points us to Wikipedia, which says

»Domnall mac Donnchada (Modern Gaelic: Dòmhnall mac Dhonnchaidh), anglicised as Donald III, and nicknamed Domnall Bán, "Donald the Fair" (anglicised as Donald Bane/Bain or Donalbane/Donalbain), (died 1099) was King of Scots from 1093–1094 and 1094–1097. He was the second known son of Duncan I (Donnchad mac Crínáin).«

Bruce continues to mention that (again, from Wikipedia)

»Donalbain (sometimes, Donaldbain) is a character in Shakespeare's Macbeth (c.1603-1607). He is the younger son of King Duncan and brother to Malcolm, the heir to the throne. Donalbain flees Scotland after the murder of his father for refuge in Ireland. The character is minor, has few lines, and is sometimes completely cut in modern performance. He is based upon a personage in an account of King Duncan in Holinshed's Chronicles, a history of Britain familiar to Shakespeare. He is based on the historical Donald III of Scotland.«

and concludes that both »Fair Donald« and »Donald Bane« apparently refer to Donald III of Scotland.

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answered 01 Feb '12, 10:18

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