Braes of Boyndlie (The)

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X:1 T:Braes of Boyndlie, The N:Christie was a dancing master, fiddler N:and composer from Cuminestown, Aberdeenshire. N:”Old” Q:"Andante" M:C L:1/8 R:Air B:Christie - Collection of Strathspeys, Reels, Hornpipes, B:Waltzes &c. (Edinburgh, 1820, p. 13) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G G>B|d2 (e>d) {c}B2 G>B|d2 (e>d) {c}B2 B>d|e2 e>f g2 {b}(a>g)|{f}Tg4 B2 B>d| e2 e>f g2 {b}(a>g)|g2 (d>e) g3d|e2 (d.B) {B}d2 (G>B)|{B}A4 {GA}G2:| |:(g>a)|{ga}b2 (b>a) g3e|d2 (e>d) B2 (d>e)|g2 ~(G>A) {ga}b2 a>g| (g<e) ~(d>e) g3d|e2 (d.B) {B}d2 G>B|{B}TA4 {GA}G2:|]



BOYS OF BOYNDLIE, THE. Scottish, Air (whole time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Boyndlie House, Tyrie, Aberdeenshire, is a Georgian mansion built in 1814, but stands on the site of an earlier castle. It is a seat of the Forbes family, held by Alexander Forbes (1787-1862) in fiddler-composer William Christies time (Christie was from nearby Cuminestown). The original builder is said to have been John of Boyndlie who was killed at the Battle of Pinkie in 1547. His castle was “in the centre of a rock, in the middle of a glen, which affords terraces on either side … The east side or back of the house is a storey higher by the cellar’s being cut out of the rock, and below are three handsome terraces, and ane opposite bank, where as many are designed.” Major building work seems to have been carried out in 1660 by Alexander, 2nd Lord Forbes of Pitsligo, with further additions made by his son, also Alexander, before the end of the 17th century.

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Printed sources : - William Christie (Collection of Strathspeys, Reels, Hornpipes, Waltzes &c.), Edinburgh, 1820; p. 13.

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