X:1 % T:Balleterach Strathspey (Once the residence of Lord Byron) C:Alexander Walker M:C L:1/8 R:Strathspey B:Walker - Collection of Strathspeys, Reels, Marches etc. (1866, p. 36) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion F:http://digital.nls.uk/special-collections-of-printed-music/archive/105875510?mode=zoom K:Eb B,|E>GF>G E<B,B,>C|E>GC>E F2 F>d|e>B c/d/e/c/ B<G E>G| C>F E/D/C/B,/ [G,2E2]-[B,E]:|E>BG>B E>BG>B|e>Bg>B d<ff>g| e>BG>B E>BG>B|C>F (E/D/)(C/B,/) (E2 E>)B|e>BG>B E>BG>B| E>Bg>B d<ff>g|b>ga>f g>ef>d|e>cB<a gee||
BALLETERACH STRATHSPEY. Scottish, Strathspey (whole time). E Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by Aberdeenshire fiddler-composer Alexander Walker (b. 1819). Walker includes the note "Once the residence of Lord Byron." Ballaterach (Balleterach, Ballatric) a farm-house in Glenmuick parish, Aberdeenshire, near the south bank of the Dee, four miles east of Ballater. It was the residence of Lord Byron (1788-1824) when a boy. The steading caught on fire in 1868, a few years after Walker's collection was published, burning among other things a bed that was an attraction as it was thought to be the one the poet slept in. The a box-bed "reappeared" soon thereafter, and so the fiction was maintained for the poet's visiting admirers.