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EARL OF MORTON. Scottish, Jig. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by William Gow (1751-1791), who, like his father (the famous Dunkeld fiddler-composer Niel Gow) was a musician who contributed several compositions to the Gow publications. William was also leader of the Edinburgh Assembly Orchestra until his death, at which time he was replaced by brother Nathaniel. The Earls of Morton were the Douglas clan. The Earl of Morton in Gow's time was George Douglas (1761-1827), 16th Earl of Morton, who married Susan Elizabeth Butler. He succeeded to the title in 1774 upon the death of his father, Sholto Charles Doublas, the 15th earl. In 1784 he was chosen one of the 16 Scots representative peers, and was created a baron of Great Britain in 1791, with the title Lord Douglas of Lochleven. He was lord-lieutenant for the county of fife and a colonel of the Fifeshire militia. He died in 1827 without issue, and the title devolved to his cousin.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 329. Gow (Third Collection of Niel Gow's Reels), 1792; p. 18.

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