Miss Louisa Campbell’s Delight
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MISS LOUISA CAMPBELL'S DELIGHT. AKA - "Miss Louisa Campbell's Strathspey." AKA and see "Lady Mary Menzie's Reel (2),” “Lucy Campbell's (1)." Scottish, Strathspey (whole time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDDEEFF (McGlashan): AABBCC'DD'EE'FF' (Campbell). John Glen (1891) finds the earliest appearance of this tune in print in Alexander McGlashan's 1780 collection. Glasgow fiddler-composer Joshua Campbell included the tune in his 1789 collection along with a number of other tunes with the Campbell surname in the title. There is no particular reason to suspect that Louisa Campbell was a relation, and its possible he simply was drawn to 'Campbell' tunes with his last name, or collected them to forward clan honor. The Edinburgh-based McGlashan printed the tune some nine years prior to Campbell, but there is no composer attribution in either volume.
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Printed sources: Joshua Campbell (A Collection of New Reels & Highland Strathspeys), Glasgow, 1789; p. 7. McGlashan (Collection of Strathspey Reels), c. 1780; p. 2.