Lady Jane Montague's Strathspey

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X:1 T:Lady Jane Montague's Strathspey M:C L:1/8 R:Strathspey C:William Morrison B:William Morrison - Collection of Highland music, consisting of B:strathspeys, reels, marches, waltzes & slow airs (c. 1813, p. 17) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Bb D|B>F E/D/C/B,/ E>G, TC2|B>F E/D/C/B,/ D>FBc|d/c/B/A/ G/F/E/D/ E>G, TC2| B,B {d}c/B/A B2 B:|d>B g/f/e/d/ c>G Tc2|{Bc}B/c/d/e/ fd geTdB| GB G/F/E/D/ E>G, TC2|{=C}B,B d/c/B/A/ B2 B>e|d>B g/f/e/d/ c<G Tc2| {Bc}B/c/d/e/ f>d g/f/e/d/ c/B/A/B/|d/c/B/A/ G/F/E/D/ E>G, TC2|{B,}B,B {d}c/B/A B2 B||



LADY JANE MONTAGUE'S STRATHSPEY. Scottish, Strathspey (whole time). B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by William Morrison (c. 1770-1825) in honor of Lady Jane Montague, the daughter of the Duchess of Manchester, who, disgraced, left behind her two songs and six daughters to be cared for by a governess supervised by the Dowager Duchess, their grandmother. Lady Jane Montague was the eldest of these children, however, and had almost always lived with her other grandmother, Jane, Duchess of Gordon. Elizabeth Grant of Rothiemurchus related in her Memoirs of a Highland Lady ( 1899 p. 280):

She it was who danced the Shean Trews, and trotted over the Doune on her pony as often nearly as she stayed at home. My father and mother were dotingly fond of her, for she was a fine natural creature, quite unspoiled. When 'our' Duchess, as we always called her, died, Lady Jane was not happy at home with her younger sisters and their governess; she went to live with her aunt the Duchess of Bedford, and was shortly announced to be on the point of marriage with the second of the Duke's three sons by his first wife--Lord William Russell. Next we heard she was very ill, consumptive--dying--and that kind aunt took her to Nice and attended her like a mother till she laid her in her grave. It was a grief to every one that knew her, particularly those who had watched the fair show of her childhood.

Lady Jane died in Genoa at age 21, in September, 1815.

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Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - William Morrison (Collection of Highland music, consisting of strathspeys, reels, marches, waltzes & slow airs), c. 1813; p. 17.

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