Lady Sophia Keppel
X:1 T:Lady Sophia Keppel M:2/4 L:1/8 R:March? Country Dance? B:John Hall – “A Selection of Strathspeys Reels, Waltzes & Irish Jigs” (c. 1818, p. 22) B: https://digital.nls.uk/special-collections-of-printed-music/archive/104981834 N:”Printed and sold by John Hall, at his Music Room.” N:Hall was a music teacher in Ayr, Scotland. Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Bb F|BBcc|dd Bc/d/|eedd|c/B/c/d/ cF|BBcc|dd Bc/d/| edcB| d/c/B/A/ B||A/B/|ccdd|eedd|cBAB|c/B/c/d/ cA/B/| ccdd|eedd|cBc=e|f/=e/f/g/ f/_e/d/c/|"8va"BBcc|dd Bc/d/| eedd|c/B/c/d/ cF|BBcc|dd Bc/d/|edcB|d/c/B/A/ B||
LADY SOPHIA KEPPEL. Scottish, Country Dance or March? (2/4 time). B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The year following the issue of John Hall's c. 1818 collection, Lady Sophia Keppel (1797-1824) married Sir James MacDonald 2nd Baronet of East Sheen. She was the daughter of Whig politician William Charles Keppel, 4th Earl of Albemarle, but died at the young age of 27 after five years of marriage. She produced two children, one of whom died at the age of ten. William Keppel died young as well, at age 48, but the remaining son gained some military experience and became a successful functionary (for a time a High Sherrif), before retiring to his Hampshire estate. He was also an early photographer, producing images in the 1860's.