Duchess of Roxburghes' Strathspey (1) (The)
DUCHESS OF ROXBURGHES' STRATHSPEY , THE. Scottish, Strathspey ("Slow when not danced"). E Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by William Marshall (1748-1833). The Duchess was the wife of Sir James Innes, Baronet, 5th Duke of Roxburghe of Floors Castle, who lived in Innes House, near Elgin. Moyra Cowie (The Life and Times of William Marshall, 1999) notes that eight days after the death of his first wife Sir James married Harriet Charlewood of Brighton (c. 1788-1855), and it is she that Marshall dedicated his melody to. The duke died in 1823, soon after Marshall published his collection, and Harriet remarried, to Lieut-Colonel Walter Frederick O'Reilly of the 41st Regiment of Foot. She was widowed again in 1844 and died in Brighton in 1855. Henry Raeburn painted her portrait around 1812.
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Printed sources: Marshall, Fiddlecase Edition, 1978; 1822 Collection, p. 58.