Lady Cunningham of Livingstone's Favorite
LADY CUNNINGHAM OF LIVINGSTONE'S FAVORITE. Scottish, Air or Strathspey. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The tune is attributed to Nathaniel Gow (1763-1831) in Niel Gow's Second Collection (1788). The title perhaps honors Mary Hougham Udney, who married in 1785 Sir William Augustus Cunynghame (1747-1828), MP, 4th Baronet of Livingstone and Milncraig (Ayr). She was his second wife, and was the ony daughter and heiress of Robert Udney, of Udney (Aberdeenshire), Esq.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 4), 1796; No. 140, p. 54. Joshua Campbell (A Collection of New Reels & Highland Strathspeys), Glasgow, 1789; p. 31. Gow (Second Collection of Niel Gow's Reels), 1788; p. 2. Gow (The Beauties of Niel Gow),
Recorded sources: Fiddletree F3430, Dr. John Turner - "Montgomery Blue" (1977). Rounder Records 7026, Theresa Morrison - "Laments and Merry Melodies from Cape Breton" (1999). Scottish Records 33 SR 135, Ron Gonnella - "Scottish Violin Music from the Gow Collections" (1973).
See also listing at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index