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CUMBERNAULD HOUSE. AKA – "Cumberland House," "Cumernad House." AKA and see "Duke of Albany's Tune," "Lord Aboyne's Welcome," "My Lord Aboyn's Ayre." Scottish, Air (4/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Cumbernauld House [1] is a fine example of neo-classical architecture designed by fashionable architect William Adam and built for the Fleming family. It was completed in 1731. The last Lord Fleming, Earl of Wigton, died childless in 1747 and the estates passed to the Elphinstone family. Charles Elphinstone-Fleming, a retired Admiral, was laird from 1799–1840, and was for a time MP for Stirlingshire.
Cumbernauld House. (photo c. Steven Spier)

John (possibly Henry) Playford published the melody in 1687 in the fifth edition of Apollo's Banquet (p. 58) under the title "The Duke of Albany's Tune," and John Glen[1] says it is probably contained in the Blaikie's MS. of 1692, where it goes under the name of "My Lord Aboyn's Ayre". The melody was used for the song "Where winding Forth adorns the vale", printed in James Johnson's Scots Musical Museum, vol. II (Edinburgh, 1788, Song 142, p. 149), with words by Scots poet Robert Ferguson[2] (1750-1774. They begin:

Where winding Forth adorns the vale,
Fond Strephon once a shepherd gay,
Did to the rocks his lot bewail,
'And thus addresst his plaintive lay.
'O Julia, more than lilly fair,
More blooming than the op'ning rose,
How can thy breast relentless wear.
A heart more cold than winter's snows.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Francis Barsanti (Collection of Old Scots Tunes), Edinburgh, 1742; p. 6. Huntington (William Litten's Fiddle Tunes, 1800–1802), 1977; p. 26. Johnson (Scots Musical Museum, vol. 2); No. 142, p. 149. McGibbon (Collection of Scots Tunes, vol. 3), 1762; p. 70. Napier (Scots Songs, vol. 3), 1794; p. 48. O'Farrell (Pocket Companion, vol. 3), c. 1808; p. 13. Oswald (Caledonian Pocket Companion, vol. 2), 1760; p. 32. Ritson (Scottish Songs, vol. 1), 1794; No. 19, pp. 39–40. Ritson (Scottish Songs, vol. 1), 1869; No. 19, p. 145.

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  1. John Glen, Early Scottish Melodies (1900, p. 142)
  2. Although Ferguson died young, poet Robert Burns admired his work and caused a stone to be erected in the Canongate Churchyard, where he is buried.