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GOODEN WELL/GOODENWELL. AKA and see "Mr. Buist's Frolic," "Mrs. Robertson of Lawers Reel." Scottish (originally), Canadian; Reel. Canada, Cape Breton. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by Dysart (near Kirkcaldy, Fife) fiddler-composer James Walker (c.1760-1840), first appearing in his Edinburgh-published collection of 1795. He dedicated the volume to Sir James Erskine, the Master of the free Mason lodge in Dysart, of which he presumably was a member. According to David Baptie and John Glen, Walker was a fiddler, composer and music teacher who was popular at big house balls in Fife. Edinburgh bandleader and fiddler-composer Alexander McGlashan published the tune two years later in his 4th Collection (1797) under the title "Mrs. Robertson of Lawers Reel." The tune was recorded by Cape Breton fiddler and composer Dan R. MacDonald.