Lady Boswell of Auchenleck

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LADY BOSWELL OF AUCHINLECK. Scottish, Slow Strathspey. B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. Composed by Nathaniel Gow (1763-1831). Auchinleck (often pronounced 'affleck') is a village in Ayrshire, home of the Boswell family, that included James Boswell (1740-1795), a lawyer and writer, famous for his journals and as the anamnesis of Dr. Samuel Johnson. Margaret Montgomerie. His son, Alexander Boswell (1775-1822), 1st Bart., a poet, songwriter and antiquary, came into his inheritance upon his father's death. He died the year the Gow's published "Lady Boswell" in their Sixth Collection (1822), killed in a duel by Mr. Stuart of Dunearn over a political dispute. Alexander fired purposely first into the air--Stuart did not. Among his songs are "Jenny's Bawbee," "Jenny Danged the Weaver" and "Paddy O'Rafferty," all also famous fiddle tunes. The title "Lady Boswell of Auchinleck" refers to Alexander's wife, Grace, daughter of Thomas Cumin, Esq,, an Edinburgh banker.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Gow (Sixth Collection of Strathspey Reels), 1822; p. 8. Hunter (Fiddle Music of Scotland), 1988; No. 171.

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