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X:1 T:Lady Amelia Murray M:C L:1/16 R:Strathspey B: Joseph Lowe - Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, B:book 6 (1844-45, p. 9) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D dB|AD3 BAGF BE3~E3d|AD3 BAGF AD3 {g}f3d|e3cd3F BE3E2dB|A-D3 (BA)GF A4 A2:| f2|d3a fgaf {a}ge3e3f|d3a fgaf da3f3d|{a}g3ef3d eE3~E3F|Dd3 (BA)GF A4 A2f2| da3 fgaf {a}ge3e3f|da3fa3 {a}g3ef3d|e3cd3F BE3~E3F|Dd3 (BA)GF A4 A2||



A Family Portrait of John, 4th Duke of Atholl with his First Wife, the Hon. Jane Cathcart, by David Allan. The 4th Duchess is holding John, Marquis of Tullibardine, later 5th Duke of Atholl with Lady Charlotte aged five and Lady Amelia Murray, the center figure, as a toddler. Looking on is Alexander Crerar, gamekeeper to the Duke, with two dogs and a dead stag.
LADY AMELIA MURRAY. Scottish, Strathspey (whole time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by Inver, Perthshire, fiddler-composer Niel Gow (1727-1807) for a member of the aristocratic Murray family, who lived in nearby Dunkeld. There are a couple of Lady Amelia Murrays in the family. The first was born in 1763 and died in Wincester in 1818 (although sometimes 1806 is given as the date of death) and was the eldest daughter of John Murray, 3rd Duke of Atholl, and Lady Charlotte Murray, his first cousin. Her marriages (in 1789 to a cavalry captain who died in Jamaica in 1793, and secondly, in 1796, to Sir Richard Grace Gamon, 1st Baronet, MP for Winchester, for whom she bore a daughter), predate the tune's first appearance in Gow's Fifth Collection (1809). Unless Gow composed and named the tune for her prior to her marriages (and did not change the name), the strathspey was more likely named for the Lady Amelia Murray of the next generation of the family.



Lady Amelia Sophia Murray (1780-1849) was the daughter of the 4th Duke of Atholl, John Murray, and the Hon. Jane Cathcart. In 1809 (the year of issue of the Gows' 5th Collection) she married James Drummond (1767-1851), 8th Viscount Strathallan, and bore him seven children.

Among other publications, the melody (attributed to Niel Gow--the name thus spelled correctly) was included in the New and Scientific Self-Instructing School for the Violin' (Providence, R.I., 1847, No. 38, p. 30), by George Saunders, "Professor of Music and Dancing."


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Printed sources : - Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 80. Gow (Fifth Collection of Strathspey Reels), 1809; p. 3. Joseph Lowe (Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, book 6), 1844-45; p. 9. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 121.






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