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MISS BUCHANAN OF CAMBUSMORE. Scottish, Jig. E Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by William Shepherd, an Edinburgh musician and music seller. He became a business partner of Nathaniel Gow in 1796, forming a music publishing concern. Cumbusmore House, Callander, Perthshire (near Dornoch), was the residence of Sir Walter Scott during the time(c. 1820's) he wrote his famous poem "Lady of the Lake," although he had first visited there in 1793.

Cambusmore House, much enlarged since Scott's time.

The Laird of Cumbusmore was John Buchanan, an associate of Scott's, who had three sons and four daughters. Thomas Hunter records in his Woods, forests, and estates of Perthshire: with sketches of the principal families in the county:

Cambusmore, two miles east of Callander, is an exceedingly pretty and interesting property, its historic associations being as rich as its natural beauties. John Buchanan of Arnprior, and formerly of Auchleshie, to whom Strathyre (yet to be referred to) was restored, married Murray Kynnymond Edmondstone of 'Old Newton, near Doune, whose family were hereditary Standard-bearers to the Royal Stuarts. At Cambusmore there is preserved part of the staff on which the Royal Standard floated at the battles of Killiecrankie and Sheriffmuir, as well as a wineglass out of which Prince Charles Edward drank as he passed the house of Old Newton on his way from Dunblane. This John Buchanan was a great narrator of the events of those stirring times, and from him Sir Walter Scott, who was a constant visitor at Cambusmore gathered many of the anecdotes to be found in his works. Along with the daughters of the house, Sir Walter roamed over the then almost unknown district of the Trossachs, and from Cambusmore, where a great part of The Lady of the Lake was written, he took the ride, immortalised as Fitz-James' in that poem.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Glen (The Glen Collection of Scottish Music), vol. 2, 1895; p. 46. Shepherd (A Collection of Strathspey Reels, etc.), 1793; p. 16.

Recorded sources: Brechin All Records, Bruce MacGregor and Christine Hanson - "Kissin' Is the Best of A'" Kissin' Is the Best of A'" (2011).




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