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MISS ROBERTSON--EDINBURGH. Scottish, Slow Strathspey. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by William Marshall [1] (1748-1833). Moyra Cowie (The Life and Times of William Marshall, 1999) suggests Marshall titled this tune after his publisher’s daughter. Alexander Robertson was the Edinburgh publisher to whom Marshall sold the copyright of his compositions in 1822, and who subsequently issued a collection in that year. Robertson was originally an engraver and afterwards a music teacher, who formed a partnership with William Penson, with whom he was in business by 1811. This partnership lasted until 1820, after which he published music alone, or with Robert and John Purdie. Later Robertson issued volumes of the Gow's works [Frank Kidson, British Music Publishers, 1900]. Robertson may have been the "successful landscape engraver" who is mentioned in accounts of tradesmen in Edinburgh in the 1780's, and (one of) his daughter(s), Isobel, married John Morren, also and Edinburgh printer in 1784.

William Marshall



Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Marshall, Fiddlecase Edition, 1978; 1822 Collection, p. 20.

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