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X:1 T:Delvine House T:Delvin House [1] M:C L:1/8 R:Reel C:Nathaniel Gow B:Published by Gow & Shepherd, 1803, in a small folio of 5 tunes. N:"Lady Mackenzie of Coul's Strathspey" and "Delvine House", a favorite N:medly Danced at the Queen's Assembly in Geo: Street Rooms the 18th N:January, 1803..." Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:C e|~c2 Ge ~c2 GE|D>dd>c B>GA>B|c>ed>e c>eA>c|G>AG>E G(cc):| e/f/|gece (ce/f/) ge|afdf (df/g/) af|gece gece|.A(fe>d) ecce/f/| gece (ce/f/) ge|afdf d(f/g/ a)f|e>Gd>e c>dA>c|G>AG>E G(cc)||

Old photograph of Delvine House.

DELVIN HOUSE [1]. AKA and see "Butcher's Apron (The)," "Hobble the Boutches," "Hot Broth," "Miss Graham Clarke's Strathspey," "Warm Broth." Scottish, Reel or Strathspey. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Surenne): AAB (Lowe, Skye): AABB' (Kerr): AABBCD (McGlashan). The composition of "Delvin House [1]" is credited to fiddler composer biography:Niel Gow (1727-1806) by MacDonald. However, it appears without composer credit in the small folio printed by Gow & Shepherd in 1803, where it appears on the same page as "Lady MacKenzie of Coul's", with the note: "Lady Mackenzie of Coul's strathspey and Delvine House, a favorite medly danced at the Queen's assembly in Geo: Street rooms the 18th Janry. 1803." Since Nathaniel added his name as composer of "Lady Mackenzie" it is curious he did not identify his father as composer of "Delvin House (1)" if this were the case. In addition, in addition, Fr. John Quinn finds the tune was printed under the c. 1797+ Collection of Strathspey, Reels, Jigs &c. collected by Abraham Mackintosh, whose original compositions are mixed in with those composed by others, again with no attribution appended.

Delvine House, Spittalfield, Perthshire, was the residence of Sir Alexander Muir MacKenzie in McGlashan's day. The Muir Mackenzie Baronetcy, of Delvine in the County of Perth, is a title in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom. It was created on 9 November 1805 for Alexander Muir Mackenzie. Born Alexander Muir, he had assumed the additional surname of Mackenzie on succeeding to the estates of his great uncle John Mackenzie, of Delvine, Perthshire, third son of Sir Kenneth Mackenzie, 1st Baronet, of Coul. Devine House was located about 7 miles from Gow's home in Dunkeld. See also O'Neill's Irish variant "Butcher's Apron (The)" and William Bradbury Ryan's (1883) "Hobble the Boutches." Cumbrian musician John Rook entered it into his 1840 music manuscript collection as "Warm Broth."

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Anderson (Anderson's Budget of Strathspeys, Reels & Country Dances for the German Flute or Violin), Edinburgh, 1820; p. 31. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 2), c. 1880's; No. 96, p. 13 (strathspey). Joseph Lowe (Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, book 2), 1844–1845; p. 18. MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 118 (reel). Alexander Mackay ('A Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Slow Tunes…Chiefly composed by Alexander Mackay, Musician Islay), c. 1822; p. 12. McGlashan (Collection of Strathspey Reels), c. 1780/81; p. 33. Surenne (Dance Music of Scotland), 1852; p. 97.

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