Miss Haldane of Gleneagles (1)

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X:1 T:Miss Haldane of Gleneagles’s Strathspey [1] M:C L:1/8 R:Strathspey Q:"Slow" C:William Shepherd B:Shepherd -- A Collection of Strathspey Reels (1793, p. 9) K:C G/F/|E>C CD/E/ F>E DG/F/|EC CE D/C/B,/A,/ G,G/F/|E>C CD/E/ F>E DG| A/B/c/A/ B/c/d/f/ ec c:||{a}g/f/|e>c cd/e/ f>e dg/f/|ec cA B/c/d/B/ Gg/f/| e>c cd/e/ f>e dg/f/|ec B/a/g/f/ ec cg/f/|e>c cd/e/ f/g/a/f/ dg/f/| ec cA B/c/d/B/ Gc/B/|Ac Gc Fd Ec|D/E/F/D/ E/A/G/F/ EC C||



MISS HALDANE OF GLENEAGLES [1]. Scottish, Strathspey. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by William Shepherd, an Edinburgh musician, music teacher and music seller. He partnered with Nathaniel Gow in a music publishing venture around 1796. The first strain is a reworking of the same melodic and harmonic material found in "Well May the Keel Row", "Three Jolly Sheepskins (2)" and other tunes sharing the 'floating' first strain.

Miss Haldane of Gleneagles, Perthshire, was Janet Cockburn Haldane, the only surviving child and heir of Bethia Dundas and George Cockburn Haldane, 18th of Gleneagles (1729-1799). Gleneagles [1] was the Haldane family estate in Perth and Kinross, Scotland.

She married at Edinburgh, on the 9 January 1801, Captain Charles Dallas, of the ancient House of Dallas of Cantray, Budgate, St. Martin's & North Newton, (b. 1766-d. 1855) later Brigadier-General and last British East India Governor of St. Helena. The marriage was productive of seven children - four boys and three girls, all of whom traveled to St. Helena with Brigadier General Dallas and his Lady, where they lived first at Plantation House and then at Longwood, Napoleon's residence. The eldest son, CAPTAIN THOMAS DALLAS of the Bengal Army (b.1801; drowned at sea 1857) took HALDANE, the surname of his mother and his maternal grandmother, for life, though he never succeeded to GLENEAGLES.

Longwood, St. Helena

Janet died in 1843 at Cheltenham and is interred at Trinity Church.


Additional notes



Printed sources : - Glen (The Glen Collection of Scottish Dance Music, vol. 2), 1895; p. 20. Hunter (The Fiddle Music of Scotland), 1988; No. 142. Shepherd (First Collection of Strathspey Reels), 1793; p. 9.






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