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MISS FORBES OF PITSLIGO. Scottish, Strathspey. F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Composed by John Gow (1764-1826), the youngest son of fiddler-composer Niel Gow (1727-1807). John was a partner in the family’s London branch (est. 1788) of the publishing firm, along with his brother Andrew. In addition to their own publications they distributed their brother Nathaniel’s work from the Edinburgh publishing house. The title refers to a daughter of Sir William Forbes of Pitsligo (1739-1806), 6th Bart., a banker and benefactor who obtained his lands in 1781, and his wife Eilizabeth Hay, whom he married in 1770. Sir William was a Grandmaster of the masonic Grand Lodge of Scotland, and a founder of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. The couple had six children, the last three of whom were daughters; Rebecca (who married in 1802), Elizabeth and Jane. The children were intimate friends of Sir Walter Scott.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 145. Gow (Fourth Collection of Niel Gow’s Reels), 2nd ed., originally 1800; p. 29. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 305.

Recorded sources: Rounder 7059, Alex Francis MacKay with Gordon MacLean – “Gaelic in the Bow” (2005).




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