Earl of Dalhousie's Welcome from the Pyrenees (The)

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EARL OF DALHOUSIE'S WELCOME FROM THE PYRENEES, THE. Scottish, Slow Strathspey. F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Composed by Nathaniel Gow (1763-1831). The title refers to George Ramsay (1770-1838), 9th Earl of Dalhousie, a military officer and administrator. He fought with distinction in the Napoleonic Wars, eventually commanding the British 7th Division in the Peninsular Campaign under Lord Wellington. Dalhouse was in the Pyrenees with his division in 1813, but returned to England in October of that year (commemorated in Gow's title) for a short time before returning to his division. In 1815 he was created Baron Dalhousie and sat in the House of Lords. Dalhousie later served as Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, Governor General of British North America, and Commander in Chief in India before his final return to Dalhousie Castle, Midlothian. The tune was published by Gow in 1814 on a single sheet, and must have been added to the Fourth Collection in a later edition.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Alburger (Scottish Fiddlers and Their Music), 1983; Ex. 77, p. 124. Gow (Fourth Collection of Niel Gow's Reels), 2nd ed., originally 1800; p. 37.

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