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FOREST LODGE. Scottish, Reel. Composed by John Crerar (1750-1840), and included in McGlashan's second collection in 1786. The title has Atholl connections; he was gameskeeper at the estate, and may have taken lessons from Niel Gow, who also worked there for a time. Crerar is recorded in Willim and Robert Chambers' Chambers's Journal, vol. 84 (1907, p. 451), as having come to Blair Atholl in 1776,

...and assumed charge of the forest, assisting the Duke of clearing the ground of sheep and of poachers. He lived at Pulney and M'Intyre had charge at Forest Lodge. Scrope bears witness that he was "honest, faithful, a most attached adherent, possessed of astonishingly active powers and admirable skill in stalking and shooting the deer." In his off-moments he was a composer of music, being a pupil of the famous Niel Gow (who died in 1807), whom the Duke paid for instructing his favorite stalker.

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