Brodie of Brodie
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BRODIE OF BRODIE. AKA - "Mr. Brodie's Strathspey," "Mr. Brodie of Brodie's Strathspey." Scottish, Strathspey. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The tune was published (as "Mr. Brodie of Brodie's Strathspey") by the Edinburgh publishing firm of Nathaniel Gow and William Shepherd in a volume entitled A Collection of Entirely Original Strathspey Reels, Marches, Quick Steps &c. (1797, p. 1), "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.
See note for "Brodie House" for more on the family. The tune was entered into the 1840 music manuscript collection of multi-instrumentalist John Rook (Waverton, Cumbria) as "Mr. Brodie's Stathspey," set in the key of 'G'.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 115.