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X:1 T:Lady Elizabeth Lindsay M:C L:1/16 R:Strathspey B: Joseph Lowe - Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, B:book 4 (1844–1845, p. 17) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Cdor g2|fB3{Bc}d3c BG3~G3B|F3BD3B FD3D3g|fB3{Bc}d3c BG3~G3B|F3BD3d {d}c4 c2:|| g2|fd3~d3e f3ddg3|fd3~d3e f3gd3b|fd3~d3e f3gd3b|fd3~d3B {d}c4 c2g2| fd3~d3e fd3d3g|fd3~d3e f3gdf3|gb3f3g d3fc3f|GB3F3D {D}C4 C2||

LADY ELIZABETH LINDSAY('S STRATHSPEY). AKA and see "Duncan's Trip to the Coal Mines," "Miss Lindsay." Scottish, Strathspey. B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Surenne): AAB (Alburger, Athole, Gow, Skye): AABB' (Kerr). One of the 197 compositions claimed by Nathaniel Gow (1763-1831), although in error in this case as the tune was printed as a reel c. 1775 by biography:Daniel Dow (1732 – 1783) as "Miss Lindsay." Emmerson (1971) opines it is one of the compositions that shows Nathaniel at his best, agreeing with the collector John Glen (1895) who listed it as one among those of Gow's "exceedingly good melodies[1]." It closely resembles the Cape Breton tune "Duncan's Trip to the Coal Mines."

Elizabeth Dalrymple Lindsay (1759-1816) was the Countess of Balcarres in Fife, a patroness of musicians in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, and an accomplished keyboard player. Two of her compositions, "Lady Eliza Lindsay" and "Lady Eliza Lindsay's Minuet", hornpipe and minuet, were named for her ten-year-old daughter, and appear in John Watlen's 1791 collection of Celebrated Circus Tunes. Haigh Hall is presently the seat of the Earl of Balcarres, having been inherited out of the Bradshaw/Bradshaigh family in 1780 when Alexander, the sixth Earl of Balcarres, married Elizabeth (his 1st cousin), only child of Charles Dalrymple, Esq., who himself had inherited the Haigh property from his wife. See also "Lady Balcarras."

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Alburger (Scottish Fiddlers and Their Music), 1983; Ex. 80, p. 132. Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 93. Robertson (The Beauties of Niel Gow, Book 1), 1819; p. 30. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 2), c. 1880's; No. 200, p. 23. Laybourn (Köhler’s Violin Repository vol. 3), 1885; p. 260. MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 135. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 284. Surenne (Dance Music of Scotland), 1852; pp. 58-59.

Recorded sources : - Philo FI 2018, "Jean Carignan Plays the Music of Coleman, Morrison & Skinner." Rounder 7059, Alex Francis MacKay with Gordon MacLean - "Gaelic in the Bow" (2005).

See also listing at :
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [1]

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  1. Glen, usually reliable, missed the connection between Gow's "Lady Elizabeth Lindsay" and Daniel Dow's "Miss Lindsay", which modern researcher Conor Ward picked up. Glen himself found the earliest appearance of "Miss Lindsay" in Dow's c. 1775 collection (p. 36).