Annotation:2nd Battalion Scotch Brigade (The)

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X:1 % T:2nd Battalion Scotch Brigade, The M:6/8 L:1/8 R:March B:Gow & Shepherd - Collection of entirely original strathspey, reels, marches, quicksteps etc. (1796, p. 10) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Bb F|BFD B,DF|B2B TA>GA|cAF FGA|e2e Td>cd| fdB Bcd|cAF FGA|B2B TA>GA|B3 B2:| f|b2b fdB|Ace Td2c|fdB Bcd|cAF F2f| b2b fdB|Ace Td2c|fdB Fce|d>ec B2f| b2b fdB|Ace Td2c|fdB Bcd|cAF F2f| bBd fFB|eFc Td2c|fdB Fce|de{d}Tc B2||

2nd BATTALION SCOTCH BRIGADE (THE). Scottish, March (6/8 time). B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The tune was published by the Edinburgh music publishing firm of Nathaniel Gow and William Shepherd in a volume entitled A Collection of Entirely Original Strathspey Reels, Marches, Quick Steps &c., "by Ladies resident in a remote part of the Highlands of Scotland, as corrected by Nath. Gow." Unfortunately, the composers names are not given. The Leeds antiquarian Frank Kidson (1854–1926) penciled a note in his copy of the volume that the composers were, or included, “the Misses Whyte,” and modern researcher Charles Gore thinks “the Misses Whyte” may possibly be a Miss White and a Miss Brocky, of Morayshire, east Highlands.

The Scotch Brigade [1] was raised in October, 1794, by General Francis Dundas, and was stationed in Gibraltar and South Africa before finally moving on to India n 1798. There it saw action at the Battle of Mallavelly in March, 1799, and the Siege of Seringapatam in April 1799 during the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War. In 1802 it was renumbered as the 94th Regiment of Foot.

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