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LADYHILL. Scottish, Reel. E Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by fiddler William Macpherson (1919-1974), a native of Elgin. J. Murray Neil (1991) explains that Ladyhill is situated at the northern extremity of the High Street in the town of Elgin, and was named after the chapel of the Virgin Mary which was originally in the bounds of the old Royal Castle, now a ruin. A column and statue is situated at the top of the hill, erected to the memory of the last Duke of Gordon. The old castle dates from the 11th century and was originally erected to protect the region from pirates and marauders, and against the opposition of neighboring towns. "A curious tradition, which is also told of the Castle of Lochindorb in Cromdale, preserves the memory of its English occupation under Edward I and its recovery by the Scots. It is said that the 'pestilence long hovered over it' in the shape of 'a dark blue vapour' until it was 'by one sudden great exertion pulled down and buried in the hill'" (Neil, 1991).

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Neil (The Scots Fiddle), 1991; No. 73, p. 97.

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