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DRUMIN('S STRATHSPEY) [2]. Scottish, Strathspey. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Marshall): AAB (Athole): AABB' (Kerr). Composed by fiddler, mathematician, clockmaker, butler and inventor William Marshall (1748-1833). The farmhouse at Drumin (or Drummin) was built in 1818-19 by William Mitchell, Factor (agent) to the Duke of Gordon, who had succeeded Marshall in the position (Marshall himself served from 1794-1816). After Mitchel's tenure the important job went to James Skinner, who married violinist William Marshall's grand-daughter, a union which produced two daughters and four sons, one son being named William Marshall Skinner, in honor of his illustrious great-grandfather. William Marshall Skinner in his turn succeeded to the post of Factor for the Duke, and father and son had an unbroken line of service from 1824 to 1873, and 1873 to 1904. Nearby the farm was the ruins of the Earl of Huntly's hunting seat.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Kerr (Merry Melodies), vol. 2; No. 169, p. 19. Marshall, Fiddlecase Edition, 1978; 1822 Collection, p. 36. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 127.

Recorded sources: Rounder CD 7026, Theresa Morrison - "Laments and Merry Melodies from Cape Breton Island (1998). Rounder Heritage Series 1166-11592-2, Theresa Morrison (et al) - "The Art of Traditional Fiddle" (2001. Appears as part of "Inganess" medley).




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