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HOUSE OF LETTERFOURIE, THE. AKA and see "Lassie Look Behind You," "Lassie Look Behind Ye," "Look Behind You," "Lady Anne Gordon's Reel." Scottish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Composed by William Marshall (1748-1833) and appearing in his First Collection of 1781. A Scottish fiddler and composer, Marshall is most famous for his many fine strathspeys. Marshall worked for much of his life for the Duke of Gordon as the Steward of his Household, and it is fortunate that the Duke was an enthusiastic supporter and patron of Marshall's music. The House of Letterfourie was designed by the famous Robert Adam and dates from 1773; it is an elegant structure set at the foot of the Hill of Maud near Buckie in Rathven parish. At the time Marshall composed the tune it was the abode of Sir James Gordon (Moyra Cowie, The Life and Times of William Marshall, 1999). The Gows published the melody as "Look Behind You" in their Repository (Part Second, 1802).

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 39. Marshall, Fiddlecase Edition, 1978; 1822 Collection, p. 33.

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