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X:1 T:Captain Campbell of Sunderland’s Reel M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel or Strathspey B:Alexander Mackay – A Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Slow Tunes… B:Chiefly composed by Alexander Mackay, Musician Islay (c. 1822, p. 36) B: N:Dedicated to the Right Hon. Lady Elinor Campbell of Islay and Shawfield. N:Mackay was born c. 1775 and was a fiddler-composer from Islay. Many of his N:tune titles are reflect Islay settings. N:Printed in Glasgow by J. MacFadyen, 30 Wilson St. Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:A B|{AB}c>BA>E F>AE>C|{AB}c>BA>E F>BB>c|{AB}c>BA>E F>AE>C|E>EF>G A2A:| e|c>Ae>A f>Ae>a|c>Ae>c (f/e/d/c/) B>d|c>Ae>A f>Ae>c|d<fBe cAAe| c>Ae>A f>Ae>a|c>Ae>c (f/e/d/c/) B>d|c>ed>f e>ag>b|f>dB>e cAA||

CAPTAIN CAMPBELL OF SUNDERLAND'S REEL. AKA and see "Miss Maule’s Strathspey." Scottish, Strathspey or Reel (cut time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. "Captain Campbell of Sunderland's Reel" appears in Islay fiddler-composer biography:Alexander Mackay's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Slow Tunes (c. 1822), unattributed and composer unknown. However it is a version of Robert Mackintosh's "Miss Maule’s Strathspey" which was published in 1795 in that fiddler-composer's Second Collection. Captain Campbell of Mackay's title was the holder of the farming estate of Sunderland, on the western side of the Hebridean island of Islay, and a livestock breeder. Sunderland was one of several estates that had been developed by the old laird of Islay, Walter Campbell of Shawfield and Islay (1741-1816) who did much to promote agriculture, fishing and other industries, and to put his properties on sound financial footing. In his own words Shawfield’s great object had "ever been, by trade, manufactures, fishing and farming, to retain at home and render usefully employed", and as a result of his efforts there was little emigration during his forty year tenure as laird, despite population growth. It was he who established cattle raising and vied with the Duke of Argyll for the best breeding stock. One of his younger sons from his first marriage, also named Walter (i.e Captain Campbell), received his father's estate of Sunderland and continued to develop it, while Skipness went to brother Robert and Ardpatrick to Colin, and dowries and dowries were found for five of their six sisters. The eldest son, John Campbell (1770-1809), was an army officer and Member of Parliament, but it was John's son Walter Fredrick Campbell who inherited Islay and became laird after his grandfather's death.

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Printed sources : - Alexander Mackay (A Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Slow Tunes), Glasgow, c. 1822; p. 36.

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