Lady Elgin's Courtship

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X:1 T:Lady Elgin's Courtship M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Reel S:Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1883) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Bb d | B(F/B/) d/B/F/B/ | B(3d/c/B/ A/c/c/d/ | B(F/B/) D/B/F/B/ | (3A/B/c/ (c/e/) d/B/B/d/ | B(F/B/) D/B/F/B/ | B(3d/c/B/ A/c/c/d/ | B(F/B/) D/B/F/B/ | (3A/B/c/ (c/e/) (d/B/).B || |: d | B/B/d/B/ f/B/d/B/ | B/B/d/B/ A/c/c/d/ | B/B/d/B/ f/B/d/B/ | (3A/B/c/ (c/e/) d/B/B/d/ | B/B/d/B/ f/B/d/B/ | B/B/d/B/ A/c/c/d/ | B/B/d/B/ f/B/d/f | g/b/a/c'/ b :|



LADY ELGIN'S COURTSHIP. AKA and see "Lady Madelina Sinclair's Birthday," "Lady Madelina Palmer." Scottish, Reel. B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABB. The tune appears as "Lady Elgin's Courtship" only in the American Ryan/Cole publications, and is not to be found under this title in Scottish collections. However, the tune was originally composed by famed Aberdeenshire fiddler-composer William Marshall as "Lady Madelina Sinclair's Birthday," named for the 2nd daughter of the 4th Duke and Duchess of Gordon. It was re-set as a strathsepy and renamed "Lady Madelina Palmer's Strathspey (1)" when the widowed Madelina remarried. Some note similarities to the popular Irish reel "Boyne Hunt (1)."


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Printed sources : - Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 33. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 60.






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