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.