Highland Society of London (1) (The)
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HIGHLAND SOCIETY OF LONDON , THE. Scottish, Reel (whole time). A Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. A pipe reel and (with "Highland Society of London (1) (The)") an accompanying strathspey. The Highland Society of London  was originally formed on 28th May 1778, when twenty-five Highland gentlemen met at the Spring Garden Coffee House in London, in order to form a Society that “might prove beneficial to that part of the Kingdom”. The first President was Lt-General Simon Fraser of Lovat and the Society was subsequently incorporated by Act of Parliament in 1816. In 1782, the Society procured the repeal of the Disarming Act (passed after the Rising of 1745 and which, amongst other things, prohibited the wearing of Highland Dress); and from 1784, secured the restoration of forfeited Highland Estates. Since then the society has undertaken a number of charitable ventures in support of Scotland and its people, and has helped to collect, archive and maintain literature and artifacts having to do with Scotland.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 10. William Ross (Ross's Collection of Pipe Music), 1869; No. 194, p. 124.