House of Newe (The)

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HOUSE OF NEW, THE. Scottish, Strathspey. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by William Marshall (1748-1833). 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 Newe (New is the old spelling, but pronounced 'Nyow') is a seat of the Forbes family in Strathdon, and once the home of 'Bombay Jack' who made his fortune in India. The castle, really a fortified mansion, was torn down in 1950 with the stones recycled for use at Aberdeen University (Moyra Cowie, The Life and Times of William Marshall, 1999). See also note for "Lady Forbes of Newe and Edinglassie." Sir Charles Forbes of Newe was the employer and patron of fiddler Alexander Walker, who published a collection of Scottish music in 1866, much as the Duke of Gordon sponsored William Marshall.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Marshall, Fiddlecase Edition, 1978; 1822 Collection, p. 47. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 81.

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