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MISS PRIMROSE. Scottish, Strathspey. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by J. Scott Skinner (1843-1927), published in his Harp and Claymore and Scottish Violinist collections in the first years of the 20th century. Skinner's manuscript copy  seems to suggest that "Miss Primrose" was his pet name for his "favorite Violin made by Mr Beveridge, Tough." Tough, in Aberdeenshire, was the home of William Beveridge (1821-1893), a maker and repairer of some repute and a contemporary and friend of Skinner's (see also "Mr. Beveridge"}. William Meredith Morris, writing in British Violin Makers, remarks:
He made many violins, on no particular model, but which are quite artistic in appearance. The tone is never so good as the workmanship. Label : —
W. BEVERIDGE, FECIT, TOUGH, 1870
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Skinner (The Scottish Violinist), 1900; p. 4. Skinner (Harp and Claymore), 1904; p. 92 (includes variation sets).
See also listing at:
Alan Snyder’s Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index