Lovat's Restoration

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LOVAT'S RESTORATION (Fhuair Mac Shimi 'n oighreachd). Scottish, Strathspey. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Fraser): AA'B (Alburger, Athole). The title concerns Scotland's Fraser of Lovat family, and has to do with the celebration and festivity which attended General Fraser's election to Parliament, which happened even before his estates (forfeited in 1745) were returned to him (Alburger). "The restoration of the Lovat estate, and the other estates forfeited in 1745, gave occasion to this air, expressing the joy of the inhabitants at the return of their former landlords, after the tyranny exercised by some of the commissioners' factors" (Fraser). See also "Lord Lovat Beheaded" for more.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Alburger (Scottish Fiddlers and Their Music), 1983; Ex. 97, pp. 162-163. Fraser (The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles), 1816; No. 68, p. 24. Laybourn (Köhlers' Violin Repository Book 2), 1881-1885; p. 183. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 116.

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