Miss Farquharson of Invercald's Jig

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MISS FARQUERSON OF INVERCALD’S JIG. Scottish, Jig. C Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The melody appears in the Perthshire collections of Robert Petrie of Kirkmichael, the 4th collection of Malcolm MacDonald of Dunkeld. Petrie’s collection is dedicated to Mrs. Farquharson of Monaltrie (Monaltrie being another branch of the Farquharson family), while MacDonald’s volume is dedicated to the Countess of Breadalbane. John Farquharson of Invercauld avoided becoming involved in Bonnie Prince Charlie’s rising of 1745, having learned his lesson in the Jacobite rising of 1715, although his daughter “Colonel Anne” was quite supportive of the Prince, as were other branches of the family. When John died in 1750 the inheritance passed to his son James (a Captain of foot in the Hanoverian army), and when he died in 1805 his only surviving child (of eleven children born, including three other girls, Amelia, Fanny and Matilda), Catherine Farquharson (1774-1854), was recognized as the Chief of the clan in 1806. She in 1799 had married Captain James Ross, Royal Navy (the second son of the famous admiral, Sir Charles Lockhart Ross), and when James died Ross then adopted the surname of Farquharson, thus continuing the line.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: MacDonald (A Fourth Collection of Strathspey Reels), 1797; p. 13. Petrie (Collection of Strathspey Reels & Country Dances), 1790; p. 14.

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