Miss Lamont of Lamont

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MISS LAMONT OF LAMONT. Scottish, Strathspey. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Composed by William Shepherd, a fiddler and composer who published his first collection in 1793. His marriage certificate in 1785 lists him as a "gentleman’s servant", although the register at the occasion of the birth of his second daughter in 1797 describes him as a musician. A few years the publication of his first collection he entered a partnership with Nathaniel Gow, and the firm of Gow & Shepherd became the leading music publishers in Edinburgh. A second collection of Shepherd's tunes was published by the firm in the early 1800's. He died in 1812.

"Miss Lamont" may have been Amilia Lamont, of St. Andrew parish, Edinburgh, eldest daughter of John Lamont of Lamont, who married Duncan of Ross on May 26, 1797, although the title could honor her younger sisters Georgina and Helen Elizabeth. Their father was the 18th Chief of the Clan Lamont. The family were the first occupants (from 1796 to 1815) of The Georgian House [1], an 18th century townhouse situated at No. 7 Charlotte Square in the heart of the historic New Town of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland. It has been restored in modern times to near its original condition and is a tourist attraction.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Glen (The Glen Collection of Scottish Music), vol. 2, 1895; p. 13.

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