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HUNTINGTOWER. AKA and see "Duke of Athole's Courtship (The)." Scottish, Strathspey. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Huntingtower Castle, located just northwest of Perth, in Perth and Kinross, Scotland, was formerly called Ruthven Castle, named for the Ruthven family who held it from the 15th century. Mary Queen of Scots visited the castle soon after her marriage to Lord Darnley, and the 4th Lord Ruthven kidnapped the 15-year-old King James VI and held him in the castle for a year. By the 1660's it had passed into the hands of the Murray family, who used it as their residence over Blair Castle until it was abandoned in the late 18th century. The castle is haunted by a ghost known as My Lady Greensleeves, whose appearances sometimes augers a death, but who is also said to have cured the ill.

Huntingtower Castle

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Kerr (Merry Melodies), vol. 4; No. 9, p. 4.

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