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EARL OF FIFE'S FIRESIDE, THE. Scottish, Strathspey. F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by biography:Robert Petrie (1767-1830), born in Kirkmichael, Perthshire, the strathspey appears in his Fourth Collection (c. 1805). Petrie composed a few tunes in the collection in honor of the 4th Earl of Fife, James Duff [1] (1729-1809), a Scottish and Irish peer and politician. Duff was one of the most powerful and influential men in Aberdeenshire, Banffshire and Morayshire due to his massive estate, although he was seldom home but rather in London. In 1759 he married Lady Dorothea Sinclair, only child of Alexander, ninth earl of Caithness, although the couple remained childless.

James Duff, 2nd Earl of Fife

"This tune makes a capital Reel, also by altering some of the notes to suit the fancy of the player" (MacDonald).

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 151.

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