Lady Elizabeth Pringle's Reel
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LADY ELIZABETH PRINGLE'S REEL. Scottish, Reel (whole time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Lady Elizabeth Campbell (d. 1878) was the daughter of John Campbell Lord Breadalbane and married Sir John Pringle, becoming his second wife. In 1842, when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert toured the Highlands, Lord and Lady Breadalbane (who was then John Campbell, Lady Elizabeth's brother) gave a grand ball in her honor complete with quadrille sets, Scottish dancing and a sword dance. Sir Thomas Dick Lauder published an account of the tour in 1843 entitled Memorial of the Royal Progress in Scotland and mentioned Lady Elizabeth:
The great perfection of Highland dancing is never to allow the knee to sink, and to keep the person erect, and these are requisites which, though attended to in the chieftain's hall, are very seldom thought of by the retainers. The Queen was delighted with this reel, and complimented the dancers. Her Majesty also very much admired the reel-dancing of Lord Breadalbane's sister, Lady Elizabeth Pringle.
After the death of her brother Lady Elizabeth Pringle inherited the beautiful estate of Langton, Berwick.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Duncan McKercher (A Collection of Original Stathspeys and Reels), Edinburgh, c. 1830; p. 13.