Miss Clementina Loughnan’s Strathspey

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MISS CLEMENTINA LOUGHNAN. Scottish, Slow Strathspey. F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Hunter): AABCCD (Carlin/Gow). Composed by Nathaniel Gow (1766-1831). Clementina Loughnan (sometimes given as ‘Loughman’ or ‘Loughlan’) was the third daughter of Thomas Loughnan, a merchant in Madeira, and Philedelphia Fergusson. She married Sir Sydney Beckwith (1772-1831) in London. Beckwith was a Major General in the British Army, who fought in America in the War of 1812 and who died in Mahabaleshwar, India. He was Quarter Master for Canada between 1815 and 1823 and oversaw the arrival of Scottish immigrants to that country in 1816 (the township of Beckwith, Lanard County, Ontario, is named for him).

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 141. Gow (Third Collection of Niel Gow’s Reels), 1792; pp. 6-7 (3rd ed.). Hunter (Fiddle Music of Scotland), 1988; No. 161.

Recorded sources: SMD615, Pete Clark – “Even Now: the Musci of Neil Gow”.




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