Miss Balfour Whitehill's Reel
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MISS BALFOUR WHITEHILL'S REEL. Scottish, Reel (whole time). G Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by fiddler-composer John French (1752–1803). It appears in his A Collection of New Strathspeys, Reels &c. (c. 1801), dedicated to Mrs. Boswell of Auchinleck, and published by Gow & Shepherd, “for behoof of Mr. French’s widow and children.” The phrase may indicate that French was incapacitated, or perhaps dead, in which case either the dates of publication of the dates of his death are faulty.
The estate of Whitehill was in the hands of the Balfour family (who later took the name of Ramsay) at the end of the 18th century.
Source for notated version:
French (Collection of New Strathspey Reels &c.), 1801.