Miss McLean of Inverscadle

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MISS McLEAN OF INVERSCADLE. AKA – “Miss McLean’s,” “Miss MacLean’s Reel.” Scottish, Reel. G Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Cranford/Holland, Kerr, MacDonald, Stewart-Robertson): AABB' (Kerr). The melody appears in the 4th collection (1797) of Malcolm MacDonald of Dunkeld, a volume dedicated to the Countess of Breadalbane. Inverscadle house, a tacksman’s house for the MacLean’s, is in the former district of Lochaber, Argyll, although it has been largely replaced by an 1862 structure (a shooting house) called Conaglen House, by architect David Bryce. It is located at the juncture of Glens Cona and Scaddle, where their waters run into Inverscaddle Bay. An early sound recording of the tune was by Cape Breton fiddler Donald MacLellan on 78 RPM.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Cranford (Jerry Holland: The Second Collection), 2000; No. 217, p. 80. Glen (The Glen Collection of Scottish Music), vol. 2, 1895; p. 38. Kerr (Merry Melodies), vol. 3; No. 184, p. 21. MacDonald (A Fourth Collection of Strathspey Reels), 1797; p. 10. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 191.

Recorded sources:

See also listings at:
Alan Snyder’s Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index [1]




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