Bridge of Newe (The)
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BRIDGE OF NEWE, THE. Scottish, Strathspey. E Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by Alexander Walker (1819-1898), born in Rhynie, Scotland. He was employed as a gardener for Sir Charles Forbes at Castle Newe, Aberdeenshire, who became his patron. At about age 50 he emigrated to Northhampton, Massachusetts, where he continued to compose (the output of which is lost) and to run a prosperous farm.
The Bridge of Newe was constructed by Sir Charles some eight years after Castle Newe was completed, one of two bridges necessitated with the re-routing of the main road in order to assure baronial privacy. The 'e' at the end of 'Newe' was adopted to keep letters and correspondence to Sir Charles from being mistakenly routed to Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.