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X:1 T:Eglinton Castle M:C L:1/8 R:Strathspey B:Gow - Fourth Collection of Niel Gow's Reels (1800) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Bb d|{A}B2 F>D {D}GCCd/c/|~B>F~G>F {F}B2 Bd/c/|{A}B>F (G/F/)(E/D/) GCCd/e/|f>d (f/e/)(d/c/) (cB)B:|| d|TB>d fe/d/ (dc) cd/c/|TB>d fe/d/ {d}(c/B/c/d/) B>d|TB>d (g/f/)(e/d/) (dc) cd/c/|~B>F~G>F {F}B2 B>d| TB>d fe/d/ (dc) cd/c/|TB>d (g/f/)(e/d/) {d}(c/B/c/d/) B>F|TG>B G/F/E/D/ GCCd/e/|f>d (f/e/).d/.c/ (cB)B||



EGLINTON CASTLE. Scottish, Strathspey (whole time). B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Gow's Fourth Collection (Edinburgh, 1800) was dedicated to the 12th Earl of Eglinton, to whom the melody is attributed. The earl was Hugh Montgomerie (1739-1819), the 12th Earl of Eglinton, a Scottish peer, politician, musician (cello) and composer. After some service in the army in the American wars, he became a member of Parliament for Ayrshire, serving for 16 years, after which, in 1796, he became Lord-Lieutenant for Ayrshire. Mongomerie was one of the backers of the partially built Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal, which facilitated shipping to the Scottish interior. See "Ayrshire Lasses (2)" for another of his compositions.

Eglinton Castle and Tournament Bridge

Eglinton Castle [1][2] is a large mansion in Kilwinning, North Ayrshire, built between 1797 and 1802 on the site of a 16th-century stronghold of the Montgomerie family. A lavish medieval themed tournament and entertainment was held on the grounds in the first half of the 19th century by the 13th Earl of Eglinton, long after the Gows paid tribute to the then-new mansion. It deteriorated over the years and the structure was abandoned early in the 20th century and is largely demolished today.

Archibald Montgomerie (mounted, centre in gold), the 13th Earl of Eglinton acknowledges the crowd at the mock medieval Tournament of Eglinton held in late August, 1839.



Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 54 (mislabled "Earl of Eglinton"). Gow (Fourth Collection of Niel Gow's Reels), 2nd edition, originally 1800; p. 1. John Gow (A Favorite Collection of Slow Airs, Strathspeys and Reels), London, c. 1804; p. 30.

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