Marchioness of Normanby (The)

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MARCHIONESS OF NORMANBY, THE. Scottish, Jig. B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by William Marshall (1748-1833). A Scottish fiddler and composer, Marshall is most famous for his many fine strathspeys. Marshall worked for much of his life for the Duke of Gordon as the Steward of his Household, and it is fortunate that the Duke was an enthusiastic supporter and patron of Marshall's music.

William Marshall

The Marchioness of Normanby in Marshall's time was Maria Phipps (née Liddell, 1798-1882), eldest daughter of 1st Baron Ravensworth; wife of 1st Marquess of Normanby, whom she married in 1818. The titles she held were the Countess of Mulgrave (1831-1838), Marchioness of Normanby (1838-1863) and Dowager Marchioness of Normanby (1863-1882), and she was Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Victoria, from 1837-1841. Thus the jig's title "Marchioness of Normanby" may have been an editorial upgrade, as Marshall would have known her as the Countess of Mulgrave.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Marshall, Fiddlecase Edition, 1978; 1845 Collection, p. 17.

Recorded sources:




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