Captain Douglas's Strathspey

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X:1 T:Captain Douglas’s Strathspey C:Alexander Mackay M:C L:1/16 R:Strathspey B:Alexander Mackay – A Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Slow Tunes… B:Chiefly composed by Alexander Mackay, Musician Islay (c. 1822, p. 11) B: https://digital.nls.uk/special-collections-of-printed-music/archive/104487947 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:Emin B,2|B,3EE3F G2A2B2d2|F3ED3F (DEFG) A3F|B,3EE3F G2A2B2e2|d3Bd2F2 EEE2 E2:| A2|G2A2B2e2 d3GB3G|F3ED3F (DEFG) A2F2|G2A2B2e2 d3GB3d|F3DA3F EEE2 E2F2| G2A2B2e2 d3GB3G|F3ED3F (DEFG) A2F2|G3BA3c B3ed3f|e2B2d2F2 EEE2 E2||



CAPTAIN DOUGLAS'S STRATHSPEY. Scottish, Strathspey (whole time). E Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. "Captain Douglas's Strathspey" was composed by Islay fiddler-composer Alexander Mackay (b. 1773) and was included in his Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Slow Tunes, printed in Glasgow around 1822. Mackay may have named his composition for Captain Douglas of Bowmore, Islay, "late of the Royal Canadian Rifles, and formerly of her Majesty's 16th Regiment"[1]. His son also joined the Canadian Rifles as an Ensign, transferred as a Lieutenant to the 42nd Regiment, and survived the Crimean War. He was mortally wounded at the age of 32 whilst leading his men against the fort of Roohea in Oude during the Indian Mutiny of 1757-1758.


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Printed sources : - Alexander Mackay (Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Slow Tunes), Glasgow, c. 1822; p. 11.






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  1. The Illustrated London News, vol. 33, July 24, 1858, p. 80.