Lady Menzies of Castle Menzies Strathspey
X:1 T:Lady Menzies of Castle Menzies Strathspey C:Duncan McKercher M:C L:1/8 R:Strathspey B:Duncan McKercher – A Collection of Original Stathspeys and Reels (Edinburgh, 1824, p. 1) N:See also the companion reel “Lady Menzies of Castle Menzies Reel.” Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Bb G|F>B,F>D F>B,D>B|F>B,F>D B2 B>d|F>B,F>D d>Fc>F| f>dd>B c2 c>d|F>B,F>D F>B,D>B|F>B,F>D f>Be>g| f>bd>B c>Fe>g|f>de>c B2B::d|B>db>d g>ce>g| B>fd>f f>bd>f|B>db>d g>ce>g|f<de>c B2 B>d| f>Bb>B a>Bg>B|f>Bc>B F>cA>c|E>GF>D F>B,D>g|f>de>c B2B:|]
LADY MENZIES OF CASTLE MENZIES STRATHSPEY. Scottish, Strathspey (whole time). B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The strathspey and a companion reel of the same title were composed by Duncan McKercher, "The Dunkeld Paganini", a Perthshire musician and composer. He dedicated his 1824 collection to Lady Menzies of Castle Menzies, whom he identified as his patron. Lady Menzies at the time of publication was Grace Charlotte Conyers Norton, the second wife of Sir Neil Menzies, 6th Baronet (1780–1844), whom she married in 1813. She outlived her spouse by three decades (d. 1877).