Annotation:Macpherson of Strathmashy

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MACPHERSON OF STRATHMASHY (Strath-Mhathaisidh). AKA - "Strathmashy," "Strathmashie." Scottish, Air or Slow Strathspey (whole time). C Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. "The editor never heard, but from his father, this choice air, to which he could sing but one verse, by MacPherson of Strathmashy. The world is so much and so unconsciously indebted to this gentleman's recitations of Ossian, and urging his friend to the publication of that celebrated work, that every memorial of him is worthy of preservation. The genuine humour of many of his songs, requiring an astonishing rapidity of utterance, by being associated with several strathspeys and reels now in circulation, and known as his composition, would entitle him to this notice, were his merits otherwise less" [Fraser].

Capt. Simon Fraser

'Strathmashy', or usually 'Strathmashie,' is the name of a forested area in the Scottish Highlands and the site of Pictish ruins. It is also famous as the location of the Strathmashie distillery, dating from the 18th century.

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Printed sources : - Fraser (The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles), 1816; No. 216, p. 89. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 208 (as "Strathmashy").

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