Lady Maxwell of Monreath
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LADY MAXWELL OF MONREATH. Scottish, Reel (cut time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. John Glen (1891) finds the earliest appearance of this tune in print in Ayrshire fiddler-composer John Riddell's 1782 collection (p. 32).
At the tune of publication of John Riddell's second collection, in 1782, Sir William Maxwell, 4th Baronet, was laird of Monteith (Port William, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland), having inherited from his father (also a William Maxwell, the 3rd Baronet) when the latter died in 1771. William (4th Bart.) commissioned the present Monreith House from Alexander Stevens (1739–1796) in 1791, and also laid out the grounds of the house as they largely remain today. In 1776 he married his cousin, Katharine Blair, daughter and heiress of David Blair of Adamton, who became Lady Maxwell. They had 3 sons and 6 daughters.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: John Riddell (Collection of Scots Reels, Minuets &c. for the Violin), 1782; p. 32.