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LADY ANN CARNEGIE'S FAVORITE. Scottish, Slow Jig or Air. F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by Neil Gow Junr. (c. 1795-1823), son of Nathaniel Gow (1763-1831) and grandson of famed Dunkeld, Perthshire, fiddler-composer Niel Gow (1727-1807). Niel Jr. was a promising performer and composer who briefly joined his father's Edinburgh publishing business. Unfortunately, his career was cut short by an untimely death. See also "Bonnie/Bonny Prince Charlie (1)," the name of a song written by the Errick Shepherd, poet James Hogg, set to Gow's tune. The tune was published with the note: "Slowly by Niel Gow Junr. Sung by Miss Paton in London under the title of Bonnie Brave Scotland."

The title perhaps refers to Anne Letitia Carnegie (1793-1870), daughter of William Carnegie, 7th Earl of Northesk, who married James Cruikshank in 1821, outliving her husband by thirty years.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Gow (Sixth Collection of Strathspey Reels), 1822; pp. 30-31. Gow (A Collection of Airs, Reels & Strathspeys being the posthumous Compositions of Neil Gow Jnr.), 1837; p. 17.

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