Miss Boswell of Auchinleck’s Favorite

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MISS BOSWELL OF AUCHINLECK'S FAVORITE. Scottish, Jig. C Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Composed by William Shepherd, an Edinburgh musician and music teacher who partnered with Nathaniel Gow in the music publishing firm of Gow & Shepherd in the 1790's. Miss Boswell was one of the three daughters of James Boswell (1740-1795), Dr. Johnson's amenensis and 9th Laird of Auchinleck, Ayrshire. They were Veronica (1773–1795), Euphemia (1774-ca. 1834) and Elizabeth, known as 'Betsy', (1780–1814). Euphemia was the namesake of Boswell's mother and grandmother, and, according to the Dictionary of National Biography, "Euphemia showed her father's eccentricity in an exaggerated form. She left her family, proposed to support herself by writing operas, and made appeals for charity, being under the delusion that her relatives neglected her." Veronica and Euphemia remained unmarried, while Elizabeth married a cousin, William Boswell.

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Printed sources: Shepherd (A Second Collection of Strathspey Reels), 1800.

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