Miss Mackenzie of Cromartie's Strathspey

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X:1 % T:Miss Mackenzie of Cromartie's Strathspey M:C L:1/8 R:Strathspey Q:"Very Slow" B:Gow & Shepherd - Collection of entirely original strathspey, reels, marches, quicksteps etc. (1796, p. 15) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:E B/A/|G2 G>E G<BB>G|TA>GA>c F2 FB/A/|G2 G>E G<BBa| g>ba>f {f}e2e:|b/a/|g>ba>f Te>de>B|A>c {c}B>G {G}F2 Fb/a/| g>ba>f Te>deB|c<aTg>f e2 eb/a/|g>ba>f Te>deB| A<cTB>G {G}F2 FB/A/|G2 G>E G<Bba|g>b b/a/g/f/ Te2e||



MISS MACKENZIE OF CROMARTIE'S STRATHSPEY. Scottish, Strathspey (whole time). E Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The tune (as "Mr. Macbean of Roaring Rivie's Strathspey") was published by the Edinburgh music publishing firm of Nathaniel Gow and William Shepherd in a volume entitled A Collection of Entirely Original Strathspey Reels, Marches, Quick Steps &c., "by Ladies resident in a remote part of the Highlands of Scotland, as corrected by Nath. Gow." Unfortunately, the composers names are not given. The Leeds antiquarian Frank Kidson (1854–1926) penciled a note in his copy of the volume that the composers were, or included, “the Misses Whyte,” and modern researcher Charles Gore thinks “the Misses Whyte” may possibly be a Miss White and a Miss Brocky, of Morayshire, east Highlands.

See also another tune for the family in the Gow & Shepherd volume, "Mrs. Mackinzie of Cromarty's Strathspey."

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