Lady John Scott to Binchat

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X:1 T:Lady John Scott to Binchat C:John Crerar (1750-1840) M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig N:'Binchat' is a corruption of Beinn a' Chait, a placename on the Atholl estate. N:A copy of Crerar's handwritten music manuscript of the tune is N:included in Eilidh Scammell's 2013 BA Thesis, "John Crerar, a N:Highland Perthshire fiddler 1750-1840" (p. 30) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Gdor c|Acd d2c|dfd cAF|GAc dfg|agf d2c| dfd cAc|cfc AGF|GAc dfd|cAF G2:| |:d|gag bag|fdf cef|gdg bag|fBd d2g| |1bag agf|gfd cAF|Gfg afd |cAF G2:| |2bzg azf|gfd cAF|Gbe fzd|cAF G2||



LADY JOHN SCOTT TO BINCHAT. Scottish, Jig (6/8 time). G Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB'. "Lady John Scott to Binchat" was composed by Atholl gamekeeper and fiddler-composer John Crerar in honor of Lady John Scott, otherwise known as Alicia Ann Spotiswoode, who wrote the song "Annie Laurie/Lawrie" and others. She, along with her husband, Lord John Scott (youngest son the 4th Duke Buccleuch), were visitors to John Murray, 4th Duke of Atholl, Crerar's employer. Crerar composed a number of tunes for the extended Murray family and for events and distinguished visitors. Crerar researcher Eilidh Scammell deciphered the word 'Binchat' in the title, finding it a phonetic rendering of the Scots Gaelic Beinn a' Chait, a placename on the Atholl estate, ten miles north of Blair Atholl[1].


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  1. Eilidh Scammell, BA Thesis, "John Crerar, a Highland Perthshire fiddler 1750-1840", 2013, p. 30.