Lord John Scott Strathspey

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X:1 T:Lord John Scott Strathspey C:John Crerar (1750-1840) M:C| L:1/8 R:Strathspey N:A copy of Crerar's handwritten music manuscript of the tune is N:included in Eilidh Scammell's 2013 BA Thesis, "John Crerar, a N:Highland Perthshire fiddler 1750-1840" (p. 30) N:There are no indications of dotted rhythms or 'Scots snaps' in the N:manuscript, but they may have been meant to be added at will by N:Crerar, or as he heard it. Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:F D|Fc Ad cAAd|cAfd cA GF|CFAd Acag|fdcA (AG) F:| c|Afdf cfAe|Acag fdec|Af df cfAd|cA AF (AG) FG| Af df cf Ag|afga fddg|afgd fc Ag|fdfA AG2F||

LORD JOHN SCOTT STRATHSPEY. Scottish, Strathspey. F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. "Lord John Scott Strathspey" was composed by gamekeeper and fiddler-composer John Crerar" for the youngest son of the 4th Duke Buccleuch. See also Crerar's tune for Scott's wife, Alica Ann Spottiswoode, "Lady John Scott to Binchat." She was a musician and songwriter who composed the song "Annie Laurie/Lawrie." Crerar researcher Eilidh Scammell believes Crerar composed the tunes when the pair visited John Murray, Duke of Atholl, Crerar's employer, and that they were probably among the last tunes he composed before his death, in 1840 when he was in his mid-80's.

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