Miss MacKenzie of Coul

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MISS MACKENZIE OF COUL. AKA - "Miss McKenzie of Coul's Reel." Scottish, Reel (cut time). E Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. John Glen (1891) finds the earliest appearance of this tune in print in Robert Ross's 1780 collection (p. 27).

The title perhaps refers to either Henrietta, Margaret, Christina or Janet Mackenzie, the daughters of Sir Alexander Mackenzie of Coul (d. 1792), 5th Bart., who married James Macdonald, daughter of Sir James Macdonald, 8th of Sleat, 6th Bart. and Janet Macleod. Sir Alexander succeeded to the estate of Coul, Ross-shire, in the northern Highlands, around 1740, with the death of his father, Colin. The word Coul in Gaelic means settlement in the narrows of the glen. Daughter Henrietta married Thomas Wharton, without issue, while Margaret married William Mackenzie, IV. and last of Suddie.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Robert Ross (Choice Collection of Scots Reels or Country Dances & Strathspeys), Edinburgh, 1780; p. 27.

Recorded sources:




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