Honorable Mrs. Maule of Panmure
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HONORABLE MRS. MAULE OF PANMURE. Scottish, Strathspey. F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by Nathaniel Gow (1763-1831) for one of his primary patrons. Mrs. Maule was Patricia Heron Gordon (c. 1775-1821), daughter of Gilbert Gordon of Halleaths, Dumfries-shire, and whose mother had impressed (journalist and writer) James Boswell as a "smart, comely, gay girl." Presumably Patricia inherited those qualities. In 1794 she became the wife of Scottish politician William Ramsay Maule (1771-1852), first Baron Panmure, and had seven daughters and three sons, one of whom was Fox Maule Ramsay, 11th Earl of Dalhousie (1801-1874). The air was copied by Scottish musician James Webster into his music manuscript collection of 1831-1839 (held a Univ. of Aberdeen). See note for "Mr. Maule’s Frolick" for information on the family.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Gow (Fourth Collection of Strathspey Dances), 2nd ed., 1800; p. 9. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 235.
Recorded sources: Atlantic Music 02 77657 50222 26, Dave MacIssac - "Atlantic Fiddles" (1994). UCCB Press 1007, Dave MacIssac - "Celtic Music of Cape Breton, vol. 1" (1986).