Colonel Fraser of Knocky
X:1 % T:Colonel Fraser of Knocky's Strathspey M:C L:1/8 R:Strathspey B:Gow & Shepherd - Collection of entirely original strathspey, reels, marches, quicksteps etc. (1797, p. 1) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G c|Td2 Bd G>G d>B|c>eB>d e>AA>e|Td2 B>d G>G d>B| c>eTd>A BGG:|c|TB>GB>d c>ed>B|c>eB>d e>AAc| TB>GB>d c>ed>B|c>eB>g B>GGc|TB>G B>d c>ec>B| c>eB>d e>AAc|TB>G (3Bcd (3def g>B|c>e Td>A BGG||
COLONEL FRASER OF KNOCKY. Scottish, Strathspey. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The title honors perhaps Captain Simon Fraser (1773-1852) of Knocky (in the title 'promoted' several ranks). The strathspey first appeared in Gow & Shepherd's A Collection of entirely original Strathspey Reels, Marches, Quick Steps &c. (Edinburgh, 1796, p. 1), "by Ladies resident in a remote part of the Highlands of Scotland, corrected by Nathaniel 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,” 20th century musician and collector J. Murdoch Henderson identified the ladies as 'the Misses White of Brockley', Morayshire, east Highlands.