Lieutenant Dunbar (22nd Regt.) Reel
X:1 T:Lieut. Dunbar (22nd Regt.) Reel C:James Taylor M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel B:James Taylor – A Collection of Strathspeys & Reels, together with a Set of Scots Quadrilles (Elgin, c. 1835, p. 5) N:”Most respectfully dedicated to Lady Dunbar of Northfield.” Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G d|SBG G/G/G DG G/G/G|BG G/G/G (Bd)dc|BG G/G/G gG G/G/G/|AcBd cdeg:| dg g/g/g ea a/a/a|dg g/g/g eaab|dg g/g/g ea a/a/a|(ge)dB (AB)ce| dg g/g/g ea a/a/a|dg g/g/g (ea)ab|bgaf gefd|cBAB cdegS||
LIEUT. DUNBAR (22nd REGIMENT) REEL. Scottish, Reel (cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. "Lieut. Dunbar" was composed by Elgin teacher of music and dance James Taylor. His first collection, published around 1835 in Elgin, was dedicated to his patrons, Lady Dunbar of Northfield (nee Mary Brander) and featured a dozen strathspeys composed by her husband, Sir Archibald Dunbar of 6th Bart. of Northfield. This tune, the first in the volume composed by Taylor, is situated directly following Dunbar's compositions, and probably honors the eldest son and namesake of Sir Archibald and his first wife, Helen Cumming-Gordon of Altyre. Archibald Jr. (who became the 7th Bart.) was a Lieutenant with the 22nd Cheshire Regiment.
Two other sons also joined the military: Edward rose to the rank of Captain in the 21st/22nd Regiments and a son by Archibald's (6th Bart.) second wife (Mary Brander) was a Lieutenant in the Madras Calvary and later Captain in the Scots Greys. However, both were too young (born in 1818 and 1825, respectively) to have been in the military when Taylor composed his reel.