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X:1 T:Gordon Castle [2] M:C L:1/16 R:Strathspey B: Joseph Lowe - Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, B:book 6 (1844-45, p. 1) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:A f2|e3Ac3A BBB2 ~f4|e3Ac3A e3Aec3|d3fe3c BBB2 ~f4|edcB A2c2 {c}e6:| f2|e3ca3c BBB2 ~f4|ec3a3c e3cef3|e3ca3c BBB2 ~f4|edcB Ac3 e4 (e2f2)| e3ca3c BBB2 ~f4|e3ca3c e3fa3b|agfe a3c BBB2 ~f4|edcB A2c2 e4 e2||

GORDON CASTLE [2]. AKA and see "Ballindallach." Scottish, Strathspey. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The Gordons were one of the most powerful families in Scotland for many centuries (see note for "annotation:Cock of the North (1)"), whose seat was, in Gow's and Marshall's time, Gordon Castle, near Fochabers, Morayshire. The Scots poet Robert Burns visited the castle during his Highland tour, where he met Alexander, the 4th Duke of Gordon and his witty wife Jane Maxwell, the Duchess. Burns became friendly with the duke's librarian and companion, James Hoy, and commemorated the visit in his song, Castle Gordon, which ends:

Wildly here, without control
Nature reigns and rules the whole;
In that sober pensive mood,
Dearest to the feeling soul,
She plants the forest, pours the flood,
Life's poor day I'll musing rave
And find at night a sheltering cave,
Where waters flow and wild woods wave,
By bonie Castle Gordon.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Gow (Complete Repository, Part 1), 1799; p. 24. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 2), c. 1880's; No. 17, p. 5. Joseph Lowe (Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, book 6), 1844-45; p. 1. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 20.

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