Miss Donaldson’s Strathspey—Banff

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MISS DONALDSON'S STRATHSPEY--OF BANFF. Scottish, Strathspey ("Slowly when not danced"). E Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by William Marshall (1748-1833). One of the Donaldson girls of Kinnairdy Castle, Banff, daughters of Thomas Donaldson of a merchant family (Moyra Cowie, The Life and Times of William Marshall, 1999). The castle is near the river Deveron and still exists in good repair today. See also “Miss Young.”

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Marshall, Fiddlecase Edition, 1978; 1822 Collection, p. 25.

Recorded sources:




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