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X:1 T:London Highland Society, The M:C L:1/8 R:Strathspey C:Lord Macdonald B:Gow - 3rd Collection of Niel Gow's Reels, 3rd ed., p.9 (orig. 1792) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G D/E/4/F/4|GG,DG, GG, E/D/C/B,/|A,A/B/ c/B/A/G/ F>GA>B|Gg f/g/a/f/ Tg>a b/g/d/B/| A/B/c/A/ B/c/d/c/ BGG (D/E/4F/4)|G/F/E/D/ E/D/C/B,/ C/D/E/F/ G/D/B,/D/|A,A/B/ c/B/A/G/ TF>GAB| TG>ABc (d/c/)TB/A/ (G/F/)TE/D/|^C>EGA FDD||F|D/D/D D>E F>GA>B|c>de>f gddb| (b/a/)g/f/ gd B>c {d}cB/A/|^G>Bde ^cAA=c|D/D/D D>E F/E/F/G/ A/G/A/B/| c/B/c/d/ e/d/e/f/ gdTd>b|(b/a/)g/f/ gd B>d {c}BA/G/|Ec {B}AG/F/ GG,G,||

LONDON HIGHLAND SOCIETY, THE. Scottish, Strathspey. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Composed by Alexander MacDonald, "Lord MacDonald" or 1st Baron MacDonald (c. 1745-1795, for more on whom see "Lord MacDonald (4)").

Lord MacDonald

MacDonald was easy and familiar with London society as he was schooled at Eton, and served with the Grenedier Guards. The London Highland Society was organized in 1778 to promoted Gaelic culture and advance to advance political considerations. They held annual meetings in which Gaelic poetry and bagpipe music was featured. The Act of Proscription (imposed following Culloden), which had been campaigned for vigorously by the society was repealed in 1782 and allowed civilian men to wear kilts and the tartan again. The Disannexing Act of 1784 returned some of the old Jacobite families their traditional estates.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 115. Gow (Third Collection of Niel Gow's Reels), 1792; p. 9 (3rd ed.).

Recorded sources : - Saydisc CDSDL 416, Alex Stewart – “Bagpipes of Britain & Ireland”. Saydisc CDSDL449, Alex Stewaert -- "Traditional Dance Music of Britain & Ireland" (2018).

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