Miss Catherine Stewart—Pettyvaich

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MISS CATHERINE STEWART--PETTYVAICH. AKA – “Lady Catherine Stewart.” Scottish, Jig (12/8 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by William Marshall (1748-1833).

William Marshall

Miss Catherine was the daughter of Thomas Steward and Ann Gordon, and was born in 1767 at the farm of Keithmore, a holding of Lord Gordon. Marshall and his family resided at Keithmore in the 1790’s, as it had been vacated by the Stewarts who had moved to the farm of Pittyvaich on Lord Duff’s land (Moyra Cowie, The Life and Times of William Marshall, 1999). Marshall would have had contact with the family in his capacity as Lord Gordon’s Steward of the Household.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Marshall, Fiddlecase Edition, 1978; 1845 Collection, p. 9.

Recorded sources: Rounder CDROUN7053, Theresa Morrison – “Lake Bras d’Or: Scottish Violin Music from Cape Breton Island” (2005. Appears as “Lady Catherine Stewart”).




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