Huntly Lodge (1)
X:1 T:Huntly Lodge  M:C L:1/16 R:Strathspey Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion S:Marshall - 1822 Collection K:Bb F2|BB3 ~B4 c3A B2F2|cc3 c3e e3cd2B2|d2f2e2g2 c2e2d2f2|G3cd3e edcB A2F2| BB3 B4 c3AB2F2|cc3 ~c3d e3cd2B2|d2f2e2g2 c2e2d2f2|F3B ABcA ~B4B2|| a2|bagf gfed e2E2E2e2|gfed fedc d2B,2B,2d2|e2C2C2e2 d2B,2B,2d2|G3c edcB B2A2G2F2| B2f2d2B2 E2g2e2c2|d3b f3d cBAG F2E2|D2F2D2F2 E2G2E2G2|F3B ABcA ~B4B2||
HUNTLY LODGE . Scottish, Strathspey ("Slow when not danced"). B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Composed by William Marshall (1748-1833). Huntly Lodge, Aberdeenshire, was one of the houses of the influential Gordon family, built in 1752 for the 4th Duke of Gordon, 7th Marquis of Huntly, on an elevated site near the ruins of Huntly Castle. Originally it had been the site of a shooting-box for the Duke. It was at Huntly Lodge in 1787 that the 75 Regiment was raised by the Gordons for service with the British army in the Far East; later it evolved into the 1st battalion of the Gordon Highlanders. The manor was renovated about the year 1800. After the death of the 5th Duke of Gordon it became the dowager Duchess's primary residence. The structure has survived, now converted into a hotel called the Castle Hotel .
"Huntly Lodge" was not Marshall's original title for the tune. Marshall renamed many of his compositions when the title or its purpose (i.e. patronage) no longer suited him. The tune here was renamed for his 1822 collection when he "could not compose (a new tune) for Huntly Lodge that pleased me" (Alburger, 1983).