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X:1 T:Lord Blantyre M:C L:1/8 C:Nathaniel Gow R:Strathspey B:McLachlan – Piper’s Assistant (1854, No. 30, p. 18) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Amix d|c/d/e Ae c<e a2|Tf/e/d g2 BGGB|c/d/e Ae cea>f|gdBe Tc>AA:| d|ce a2 a/g/f/e/ g2|dBg>d B>AGd|c/d/e a2 g/f/e a2|gae>g aAAd| ce a2 a/g/f/e/ g2|B<dg>d TB>GGB|c>ed>f e>gf>a|g/f/e a>e c>AA||



LORD BLANTYRE'S. Scottish (originally), Canadian; Strathspey. Canada, Cape Breton. A Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Athole, Gow, Lowe, Skye): AABB' (Kerr). Composed by Niel Gow (1727-1807), probably in honor of Robert Walter Stewart (1777-1830) the 11th Lord Blantyre, a Major-General in the British army. Stewart was the commanding officer of the 42nd Regiment--the famous Black Watch--during Wellington's Napoleonic War campaigns in Portugal and Spain in 1811-12. He was also the Lord Lieutenant of Renfreshire. Blantyre accidentally shot himself in Brussels in September, 1830. See "Tulleynet Hall/Tullymet Hall" for a minor mode, reel setting that is very similar. See also "Lenox Love to Blantyre" for more on the family.

Niel Gow


Additional notes



Printed sources : - Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 119. Gow (Fifth Collection of Strathspey Reels), 1809; p. 33. Laybourn (Köhler’s Violin Repository vol. 2), 1881-1885; p. 134. Joseph Lowe (Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, book 5), 1859; p. 1. MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 19. McLachlan (The Piper's Assistant), 1854; No. 30, p. 18. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 34.

Recorded sources : - Rounder 7059, Alex Francis MacKay with Gordon MacLean - "Gaelic in the Bow" (2005).

See also listing at :
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [1]



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