Laird of Mackintosh

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LAIRD OF MACKINTOSH. Scottish, Strathspey. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Athole, Gow): AAB (Hardie, Hunter). The Laird of Mackintosh resides at Castle Moy, and is the chief of the Clan Chattan. The castle lies in the mountain region of Inverness-shire, in the hollow of a mountain on the edge of a small lake, Loch Moy. In 1831 Sir Walter Scott gave that it was "surrounded by a black wood of Scotch fir, which extends around the lake, and terminates in wild heaths, which are unbroken by any other object as far as the eye can reach." During the period 1704 and 1833 no Mackintosh Chief left a son to follow him, a circumstance known as "The Curse of Moy," with the result that the leadership of the clan passed from kinsman to kinsman, eventually including those residing in Jamaica, Canada, and even later on, Zimbabwe. "The Curse of Moy" is a poem by Mr. Morrit of Rokeby, included in Scott's Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 385. Gow (Complete Repository), Part 3, 1806; p. 16 (appears as "The Laird of Mackintosh's Strathspey"). Hardie (Caledonian Companion), 1986; p. 13. Hunter (Fiddle Music of Scotland), 1988; No. 80. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 175.

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