Charles Leslie of Findrassie's Strathspey

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X:1 T:Charles Leslie of Findrassie's Strathspey C:Donald Grant M:C L:1/16 R:Strathspey B:Donald Grant – Collection of Strathspeys, Reels, Jigs &c. (1820-21, p. 14) B:The volume was perhaps first issued c. 1790, from a penciled note in a copy. N:The collection was dedicated to Mrs. Col. Grant of Grant (“Sir James and N:Lady Grant of Grant”). S: Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D F2|D3EFd3 AF3Fd3|AF3Fd3 A3FFd3|D3EFd3 AF3Fd3|A3F (GF).E.D E4 E2F2| D3EFd3 AF3F3d|A3Fd3B AF3FA3|~d3efa3 ef3df3|A3d (BA).G.F {F}E4E2|| A2|d3gTf3e dB3B3d|AF3Fd3 AF3FA3|dg3Tf3e dB3B3d|A3F (GF).E.D E4 E2A2| dg3Tf3e dB3B3d|AF3F3d AF3FA3|Td3eTf3a ef3d3f|A2d2 (BA).G.F {F}E4E2||

CHARLES LESLIE OF FINDRASSIE'S STRATHSPEY. AKA - "Charles Leslie." AKA and see "Highland Reel (3) (The)," "Jenny Rock the Cradle." Scottish, Strathspey (whole time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Athole): AABB' (Kerr). "Charles Leslie of Finrassie's Strathspey" was composed by Elgin fiddler-composer Donald Grant" and published in his Collection of Strathspeys, Reels, Jigs &c. (1820-21). The subject of the title was Charles Abraham Leslie (1796–1847), 5th Baronet of Wardis and Findrassie, a member of the Leslie family descended from Robert Leslie of Findrassie, son of George, 3d earl of Rothes.

The tune appears set as a reel in Ayrshire fiddler-composer John Hall's c. 1818 collection under the title "Highland Reel (3) (The)." A cognate reel called "Jenny Rock the Cradle" was entered by County Cork cleric and uilleann piper James Goodman into his mid-19th century music manuscript collection.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Donald Grant (Collection of Strathspeys, Reels, Jigs &c.), 1820-21; p. 14. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 2), c. 1880's; No. 163, p. 19. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 114.

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