Miss Murray of Lintrose
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MISS MURRAY OF LINTROSE. Scottish, Country Dance Tune (2/4 time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Composed by Perthshire fiddler-composer John Bowie (1759-1815), appearing in his Collection of Strathspey Reels and Country Dances (1789). See "Miss Murray of Auchtertyre's Strathspey" for more on the person of the title.
Miss Murray of Lintrose was one of the beautiful young women of Edinburgh society of the latter 18th century, called the 'Flower of Strathmore.' It was for her that Burns penned the song:
Blithe, blithe, and merry was she,
Blithe was she but and ben;
Blithe by the banks of the Earn,
And blithe in Glenturit Glen.
She married David Smith, Esq., of Methven, one of the Lords of Session.
Sources for notated versions: Vince O'Donnell (Boston) [Hinds]; Calum MacKinnon [Silberberg].
Printed sources: Hinds/Hebert (Grumbling Old Woman), 1981; p. 19. Silberberg (93 Fiddle Tunes I Didn’t Learn at the Tractor Tavern), 2004; p. 30.