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HONORABLE MRS. F. GRAY. "Honorable Mr. Gray's Strathspey." Scottish, Strathspey. F Major (Glen): D Major (Aird). Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'B. The tune was composed by Nathaniel Gow (1763-1831), according to John Glen. However, the tune was printed in Robert Mackintosh's 1793 collection as "Honorable Mr. Gray's Strathspey," reprinted by Robert Petrie in 1796. With a change of gender, it was printed as "Honorable Mrs. Gray's Strathspey" in James Aird's Glasgow-published Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 5 (1801).

The title refers to Mary Ann Johnston, daughter of Lt. Col. James Johnston, who, in 1794 married Francis Gray, 14th Lord Gray (see "Honorable Francis Gray's Strathspey (The)" for more).

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 5), Glasgow, 1801; No. 172, p. 64. Glen (The Glen Collection of Scottish Dance Music), vol. 2, 1895; p. 24.

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