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BALMORAL CASTLE . Scottish, Strathspey. The tune may have been composed by Crathie, Aberdeenshire, farmer, fiddler and violin maker William Blair (1793-1884), famed as a player of Scots dance music before he became fiddler to Queen Victoria from 1848. The melody was not credited by Stewart-Robertson in his 1887 collection, but a few other tunes by Blair were published in The Atholl Collection without attribution. A posthumous collection of Blair's tunes, Original Reels & Strathspeys, was issued in the early 1890's.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 168.