Colonel Hamilton of Pencaitland's Welcome Home

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X:1 T:Colonel Hamilton of Pencaitland's Welcome Home M:9/8 L:1/8 R:Air C:Nathaniel Gow (1763-1831) B:Gow - Fourth Collection of Strathspey Dances (1800) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Bb D|B,2(F F)DB {B}A2C|B,2(F F)DF GAB|dcB .F(.D.B) {B}A2C|B,DF BFD B,2:|| e|Td2(f f)df e2c|d2(f f)df Tg>ab|Td2(f f)df e2c|Td>ef ecA B2e| Td2(f f)df e2c|Td>ef ecA B2e|Td2(f f)df gab|f2 g/a/ bfd gec|fdB ecA B3||



COLONEL HAMILTON OF PENCAITLAND'S WELCOME HOME. Scottish, Air (9/8 time). B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by Nathaniel Gow (1763-1831), son of the famous Dunkeld, Perthshire, fiddler-composer Niel, who also composed "Colonel Hamilton of Pencaitland's Strathspey." Colonel John Hamilton of Pencaitland (1751-1804) was "a country gentleman, much beloved by all who knew him, and whose hospitalities were so great as to render (his) house remarkable in the country" (Tait's Edinburgh Magazine, 1849). The Colonel took the name of Hamilton after inheriting the Pencaitland estate from his mother, Mary Hamilton Nisbet, daughter of Alexander Hamilton. He did much to improve his estates, planting woods and gardens, and establishing farms and coalmines. He also has a historical footnote as the owner of an ox of enormous dimensions, sold at the end of the 18th century to a Shropshire butcher. The animal was reportedly 16ft long and stood more than 5ft 8in tall. See other Gow tunes for the family: "Mrs. Hamilton of Pencaitland," "Mrs. Hamilton of Pincaitland’s Strathspey,"

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Printed sources : - Gow (Fourth Collection of Strathspey Dances), 2nd ed., originally 1800; p. 32.

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