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LADY BALCARRAS. Scottish, Reel (cut time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. John Glen (1891) finds the earliest printing of the tune in Ayrshire fiddler-composer [[biography:Robert Riddell]'s 1782 second collection (p. 57), printed in Glasgow by James Aird.
Elizabeth Dalrymple Lindsay, the Countess of Balcarres, was a patron of Edinburgh musicians and was herself an accomplished keyboard player. She composed tunes, one of which, "Lady Eliza Lindsay," a hornpipe written for her ten-year-old daughter, was published in John Watlen's 1791 collection. See note for "Lady Elizabeth Lindsay" for more on the subject.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Riddell (Collection of Scots Reels, Minuets, &c.), 1782; p. 59.