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COUNTESS OF MANSFIELD, THE. Scottish, Slow Strathspey (4/4 time). D Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The Countess of Mansfield, at the time Shepherd published his second volume, was Louis Cathcart, one of the daughters of the 9th Lord Cathcart. At age 20 she married Lord Stormont, twenty years her senior, who was the British ambassador to the court of Louis XVI, later to become the 1st Earl of Mansfield. When she arrived in Paris, a friend of Lord Stormont's, Madame du Deffand, wrote that "she is pretty, she holds herself badly, and has not a charming manner, but her expression is full of intelligence."

Louis, Countess of Mansfield, by Sir Joshua Reynolds.

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Printed sources: Shepherd (Second Collection of Strathspey Reels), 1800.

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