Lady Isabella Wemyss' Strathspey
X:1 T:Lady Isabella Wemyss' Strathspey M:C L:1/8 R:Strathspey S:Marshall - 1822 Collection Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D D2 E>F AB ~B,2|A,DDF E2 DA,|DDEF AB ~B,2|d>BAF E2 D2:| A>df>d g/f/e/d/ ~B2|Addf e2 d>A|~B>d B/A/G/F/ G/F/E/D/ B,2| A,>DDF E2D2 | A>df>d g/f/e/d/ ~B2|Addf e2 d>A|A/d/c/d/ B/A/G/F/ G/F/E/D/ B,2| d>B A<F E2 D2||
LADY ISABELLA WEMYSS' STRATHSPEY. Scottish, Strathspey ("Slow when not danced"). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by William Marshall (1748-1833).
Lady Isabella (1800-1868) was the first cousin of Elizabeth Brodie, the 5th Duchess of Gordon, the daughter-in-law of Marshall's employer, Alexander, the 4th Duke of Gordon (Cowie, The Life and Times of William Marshall, 1999). She was the eldest daughter of the second wife of William, 15th Earl of Erroll, and married in 1820 Lieutenant-General Wemyss (prounced "Weeems", d. 1852). Lady Isabella Wemyss served for many years as a member of the Queen's household, Bedchamber Woman to Queen Adelaide. Perhaps with this in mind it is printed on the same page with "Our Highland Queen" by MacDonald (Skye Collection).