Lord Dalhousie

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LORD DALHOUSIE('S). AKA and see "Earl of Dalhousie's Reel (2)." Scottish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Cole, Ryan, Surenne): AAB (Athole, Kennedy, Martin, Skye): AABB' (Kerr). The composition was the product of Nathaniel Gow (1763-1831), under the title "Earl of Dalhousie's Reel (2)." David Baptie (Musical Scotland, 1894) says that the composer was "...undoubtedly the best musician and most prolific composer belonging to this family, a man of whose abilities his country may feel proud." George Ramsay, 9th Earl of Dalhousie, was a long-time patron of Nathaniel Gow, and employed him in 1822 to play before King George IV at a banquet at Dalkeith Palace. When Gow became infirm toward the end of his life, it was Dalhousie who supported him. See also Earl of Dalhousie's Reel (2) for more on Ramsay. Duncan MacKerracher's "Miss Stewart of Foss's Reel" (from his Collection of Strathspeys, Reel, etc., c. 1830) has melodic and harmonic similarities, but is probably not cognate. Researcher Conor Ward finds the Irish reel "Maid of Holywell (The)" (Breathnach, CRE III), to be a version of "Lord Dalhousie," with the parts reversed.

Source for notated version: Hector MacAndrew [Martin].

Printed sources: Cameron’s Selection of Violin Music, 1859; p. 43. Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 18. Kennedy (Traditional Dance Music of Britain and Ireland: Reels and Rants), 1997; No. 108, p. 27. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 2); No. 142, p. 17. MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 48. Martin (Traditional Scottish Fiddling), 2002; p. 127. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 42. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 94. Surenne (Dance Music of Scotland), 1852; p. 12.

Recorded sources:

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




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