Lady Gordon of Gordonstown's Reel
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LADY GORDON OF GORDONSTOWN'S REEL. Scottish (originally), Canadian; Reel. Canada, Cape Breton. C Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Composed by fiddler-composer William Morrison, appearing in his c. 1813 collection (Inverness, Scotland) dedicated to Lady Seaforth. The estate of Gordonstown is near Elgin. It was riginally written in the key of C Minor, but in Cape Breton it is usually played in the Mixolydian mode according to Paul Stewart Cranford (1995). The melody was played by influential Cape Breton fiddler Angus Chisholm.
Lady Gordon of Gordonstown was Mary, the eldest daughter of William Glendonwyn, Esq., of Glendonwyn, who married in 1801 James Gordon 8th of Letterfourie, 7th Baronet of Gordonstoun, a son of the 2nd Earl of Huntly.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Cranford (Jerry Holland's Collection), 1995; No. 78, p. 23. William Morrison (Collection of Highland music, consisting of strathspeys, reels, marches, waltzes & slow airs), c. 1813; p. 3.
Recorded sources: Boot Records, Jerry Holland - "Master Cape Breton Fiddler" (1982). Green Linnet GLCD 1156, Jerry Holland - "The Fiddlesticks Collection."
See also listing at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index