Honorable Charles Bruce (The)
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HONORABLE CHARLES BRUCE, THE. Scottish, Reel. B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by Miss Magdalene Stirling (1765–1846) of Ardoch, the tune first was printed in in John Bowie's 1787 collection. Magdelene was a member of an old Perthshire family, a branch of whom held lands in the parish of Muthill, and she was a friend of Niel Gow and his son Nathaniel, who published a few of her compositions in their publications. She also had compositions published under her own name, perhaps the most famous of which is "Perthshire Hunt (The)", although some of her work appeared without attribution. It was not until 1812 that a small volume of her melodies was printed.
Source for notated version:
Glen (Collection of Scottish Dance Music, vol. 1), 1891; p. 41.
Stirling (Twelve Tunes), 1812; p. 4.