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LOUDOUN CASTLE. Scottish, Slow Air (2/4 time). E Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by Nathaniel Gow (1763-1831).

Loudoun Castle, c. 1811

Loudoun Castle [1], Ayrshire, is a castellated mansion that was once seat of the Campbell Earls of Loudoun. It was built in 1804-1811 for Flora Muir Campbell (1780-1840), 6th Countess of Loudon and Marchioness of Hastings, and was the work of architect Archibald Elliot (perhaps under the design influence of James and Robert Adams). Elliot built the manor around an older 15th century structure, a four story keep with walls some six feet thick. It boasted ninety rooms and a grand library, although it was never quite finished due to finances. It survived until WWII, when it was used to house Belgian troops and a fire started in a downstairs library. It was never restored. The manor boasts its own ghost, The Grey Lady, a somewhat benign figure. See also the note to "Loudon's Bonnie Woods and Braes," for more background.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Gow (Fifth Collection of Strathspey Reels), 1809; p. 16.

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