Lady Georgina Gordon's Strathspey
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LADY GEORGINA GORDON'S STRATHSPEY. AKA and see "Duchess of Manchester's Strathspey." Scottish, Strathspey. F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD'. Composed by William Marshall (1748-1833) for Lady Georgiana Gordon (1781-1853), youngest daughter of Alexander, 4th Duke of Gordon and his wife, the lovely Jane Maxwell (for more on Georgiana see “Lady Georgina Gordon”). The duke was Marshall’s influential employer and patron, and the melody was published by Marshall in his First Collection of 1781. Later it was published by Gow, in his Repository, Part Third, 1806, as "Duchess of Manchester's Strathspey" without composer credit given to Marshall. If meant to honor the Gordons then Gow’s title is a bit off, for it was actually Georgiana’s elder sister, Lady Susan Gordon (1774-1828), who married William Montagu, 5th Duke of Manchester.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 147. Marshall, Fiddlecase Edition, 1978; 1822 Collection, p. 49. McGlashan (A Collection of Reels), vol. 3, c. 1786; p. 2.