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MISS SALLY EGLINSON. Scottish, Strathspey. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. John Glen (1891) finds the earliest appearance of the tune in print in William Marshall's 1781 collection (p. 2). In fact it was included in a c. 1788 appendage of a dozen tunes to his 1781 collection. Moyra Cowie (The Life and Times of William Marshall, 1999) suggests the title is a misprint of Miss Eglingtoune, a childhood playmate of the Duchess of Gordon, Jane Alexander, wife of Marshall’s employer, Alexander, the 4th Duke of Gordon. It was said that when young girls they rode on the backs of swine down the street in Hynford Close, Edinburgh, and were always up to mischief. Miss Eglintoune became Lady Wallace. The late Bruce Olson confirmed the title as “Miss Sally Eglinton’s” by which title it appears in the four page addendum issue of Marshall’s music housed at the U.S. Library of Congress.

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