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JAMES MOIR. Scottish, Strathspey. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Composed by Aberdeenshire fiddler-composer Alexander Walker (b. 1819) for for one James Moir of Portsoy, a banker. Moir wore several hats: he is described in period accounts and newspapers as a wine and spirit merchant, a prosperous grocer, an entrepreneur and a bank agen. Perhaps his greatest claim to fame is his establishing, with relatives in 1875, the Glenglassaugh Distillery [1], which produces a famous malt Scotch whisky. James Moir is mentioned in James Ballantine's Chronicle of the 100th Birthday of Robert Burns (1859), as one of the chairs of the Burns Centennial celebration in Portsoy, and he is there described as a banker.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Walker (A Collection of Strathspeys, Reels, Marches, &c.), 1866; No. 182, p. 62.

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