Lady Louisa Macdonald's Strathspey

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X:1 T:Lady Louisa Macdonalds Strathspey M:C L:1/16 R:Strathspey B:Robert Mackintosh – “A Fourth Collection of New Strathspey Reels, also some Famous old Reels” (1804, p. 22) N:Dedicated to the Dutchess [sic] of Manchester N:Robert “Red Rob” Mackintosh (c. 1745-1808) was a Scottish violinist and N:composer active in Edinburgh at the end of the 18th century. Originally from N:Tullymet, near Pitlochry, Perthshire. He moved to London in the last decade N:of his life. Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Emin ef|g3ef^d3 e(E3E3F)|G3A cBAG FA3 dD3|g2ag f2gf (eE3E3c)|B3G BAGF G2E2E2:| f2|(efga) b3g eb3ge3|(defg) a3f da3fd3|(efga) b3g eb3ge3|B3bfa3 (ge3e3f)| (efga) b3g eb3ge3|da3Af3 Fd3FD3|GFE2 AGF2 BAG2 cBA2|B3e gfe^d eee2 e2||

Louisa, Lady Macdonald, by Angelica Kauffman, 1767
LADY LOUISA MACDONALD'S STRATHSPEY. Scottish, Strathspey (whole time). E Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. "Lady Louis Macdonlad's Strathspey" was printed in Edinburgh fiddler-composer Robert Mackintosh's Fourth Collection of New Strathspey Reels (c. 1804). The tune is perhaps named for Lady Louisa Macdonald (née Lady Louisa Leveson-Gower, 1759-1827), who in 1777 married Scottish lawyer, judge and politician Archibald Macdonald, Lord Chief Baron of England. They lost a young adult daughter around the time Mackintosh's Fourth Collection was published, Susan (1780-1803), who had gone to Lisbon to try to recover her health. Susan was the illustrator of The Sports of the Genii (1804) by poet Anne Hunter.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Robert Mackintosh (A Fourth Collection of New Strathspey Reels, also some Famous old Reels), 1804, p. 22.

Recorded sources : - London LDN 463, Willie Simpson and His Scottish Country Dance Band - "Peronella."

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