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MISS ROSE OF TARLOGIE/TIRLOGIE. Scottish, Reel. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (MacDonald, Surenne): AABB' (Kerr). "From J.T. Surennes Collection" (Skye). The tune first appears in Joshua Campbell’s 2nd Collection (1786-88). The Tarlogie estate was purchased, together with other estates around Tain, Ross-shire, in the early 19th century by Hugh Rose of Glastullich. From a family history of the Roses [1]:

Hugh Rose (Ross) was born in 1767, son of the parish minister of Creich and later Tain. He made a fortune in the Government commissariat service in the West Indies, returning to Scotland about 1802. He came to Ross-shire and bought Glastullich, Calrossie and Tarlogie, as well as Bayfield in Nigg. He named Arabella in Logie Easter after his first wife, Arabella Phipps, daughter of a rich West Indian planter. It was she who was murdered at Bayfield not so many years later. Hugh Rose did much for road works, tree planting, draining and so on but was much resented as "new money" by old families. He became addicted to legal actions and took forty years proving that the only son of George Ross of Cromarty, the former army agent, was illegitimate so that he, Hugh Rose (before he added "Ross" to his surname), might claim the estate through his second wife, Catherine Ross Munro, heiress of entail to the estates of Culcairn and Cromarty. It was then that he added the name of Ross to his own, styling himself Rose Ross till his death in 1846. Strangely enough, he had an earlier indirect connection with part of the property he ultimately acquired. At the end of the 17th century, a family of Reochs were tenants of Castlecraig, one of them, William, being a great-grand-uncle of Hugh Rose Ross.

First wife Arabella, "in the act of preparing Medicine for the relief of a sick and indigent Family, suddenly expired on the 9th November 1806, aged 27 years". According to a local legend her death was no misadventure, but rather she was murdered by Hugh's quadroon mistress, whom he had brought back from the Caribbean to their home at Bayfield House, Nigg.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Henderson (Flowers of Scottish Melody), 1935. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 2), c. 1880's; No. 26, p. 6. MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 23. Surenne (Dance Music of Scotland), 1852; p. 158.

Recorded sources:

See also listing at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [2]




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