Duchess of Richmond (1)

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DUCHESS OF RICHMOND [1], THE. Scottish, Reel. B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Composed by William Marshall (1748-1833) in honor of Charlotte (1768-1842), eldest daughter of Alexander (1743-1827), the 4th Duke of Gordon, who was Marshall's employer (Marshall was Steward of the Household). Lady Charlotte married Charles Lennox in September of 1789, and later became Duchess when Lennox was raised 4th Duke of Richmond and Lennox in 1806. It was Charlotte who, on the eve of the battle of Quatre Bras during the Waterloo campaign, gave what has been called "the most famous ball in the world" for British and Dutch officers, who departed early when they heard Napoleon was on the move. Their son fell heir to the Gordon estates as the 5th Duke of Gordon had no issue.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Marshall, Fiddlecase Edition, 1978; 1845 Collection, pp. 18-19.

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