Marquis of Tweeddale's Favorite (The)
MARQUIS OF TWEEDDALE'S FAVORITE, THE. Scottish, Strathspey. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. Gow attributes the tune to "D. MacDonald." The title refers to one of two men name George Hay. George, the sixth Marquis of Tweeddale, was noted for his thrift and attention to finances, and accumulated a large fortune. With this fortune he directed that lands be purchased to add to the Tweeddale holdings, and died without issue in 1787. He was succeeded by his cousin, George Hay (1753-1804), grandson of Lord William Hay, of Newhall. The seventh Marquis of Tweeddale married a daughter of the seventh Earl of Lauderdale. George was appointed Lord-Lieutenant of Haddingtonshire, and was chosen one of the Scottish representative peers. However, he suffered from poor health, and, to ease his afflictions, he and his wife traveled to the Continent in 1802 during a lull in the almost continuous hostilities with France in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Unfortunately, hostilities resumed in 1803, and the couple were among the British subjects who were detained in France by Napoleon Bonaparte. Imprisoned at Verdun, the Marchioness predeceased George on the 8th of May, while he died on August 9th, 1804. They left twelve children behind in Britain.
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Printed sources: Gow (Third Collection of Niel Gow's Reels), 3rd ed., originally 1792; p. 38.