Miss Amelia Eliphant Gask
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MISS AMELIA ELIPHANT GASK. AKA and see "Miss Oliphant," "Miss Amelia Oliphant Gask." Scottish, Strathspey. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB'. Amelia Anne Sophia Oliphant was born in August, 1765, to Laurence Oliphant, 7th of Gask and his wife Margaret Robertson. The house at Gask was the seat of a branch of the Oliphant family from the 17th century onwards. The family were staunch Jacobites and came out for Prince Charlie in 1745, father and son serving with the Duke of Perth's Horse. After the defeat at Culloden the house was plundered by a volunteer party of English soldiers, under Ensign Fawlie, and Laurence and his son were both forced to flee to France. Through the aide of relatives Laurence was reinstated at Gask. The estate was sold in the 19th century upon the death of Thomas Kington-Blair-Oliphant, who, in a bitter act, directed in his will that all the Oliphant possessions be dispersed. This was justified, Thomas decleared, as a result of having had to spend much of his life claiming the Gask estate in the female line, despite it having been left in the male line. In a further act of vengefulness against his relations, Thomas had his portrait painted signing the very will that sought to disenfranchise them. His descendants had the last laugh, however, for they managed to recollect most of the family belongings that had been dispersed, and they hung Thomas's portrait upside down in the downstairs toilet room for some thirty years.
Amelia Olpihant married Charles Steuart, 8th of Dalguise in July, 1794, at Findo-Gask, Perthshire, Scotland, and by him had a son. The Steuarts were an old Perthshire family; Charles was the last and only survivor of five brothers when he came into his inheritance.
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Printed sources: Kerr (Merry Melodies), vol. 3; No. 25, p. 5.