Miss MacLeod of Colbeck

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MISS MACLEOD OF COLBECK. AKA – “Miss McLeod of Colbeck (1).” AKA and see "Mrs. Captain Stewart." Scottish, Strathspey. F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The melody appears in Malcolm McDonald's c. 1792 3rd Collection, dedicated to Miss Drummond of Perth. Under the title "Mrs. Captain Stewart's Strathspey," it appears in Robert Petrie's 1st Collection (1790).

The Colbeck estate is not in Scotland, but rather was in St Dorothy, Jamaica. It was owned by John MacLeod of Colbeck (the elder) in the mid-18th century, who, when he died in 1775, owned 417 slaves, of whom 198 were listed as male and 219 as female. 84 were listed as boys, girls or children. The inheritance went to his son, also John MacLeod of Colbeck, In 1782 MacLeod married his first cousin Jane (or Jean), daughter of Malcolm MacLeod of Raasay. They had children, one son, Barlow, and five daughters. Barlow and the four elder daughters died unmarried, the fifth, Susan, married Mr. Andrews and had two sons, Hastings (buried at Canterbury) and Greville. However, the daughters would have been quite young at the time "Miss MacLeod of Colbeck" was printed in MacDonald's c. 1792 collection, and there may have been another "Miss MacLeod" the title refers to.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Davie (Davie's Caledonian Repository), Aberdeen, 1829-30; p. 29. Glen (The Glen Collection of Scottish Music), vol. 1, 1891; p. 38 (appears as “Miss McLeod of Colbeck). MacDonald (A Third Collection of Strathspey Reels), c. 1792; p. 9. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 303.

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