Miss Scott of Ancrum’s Reel

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MISS SCOTT OF ANCRUM'S REEL. Scottish, Reel. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The title would seem to refer to one of the four daughters of Lieutenant-General John Scott (1757-1812) of Craigentinny, Edinburgh, 5th Baronet of Ancrum, and his wife Harriet Graham. The couple married in 1792 and had six children, four of whom were girls: Margaret (b. 1793), Harriet (b. 1794), Elizabeth (b. 1796), and Lucy (b. 1800). See also other tunes written for members of the family "Miss H. Scott’s Strathspey," "Mr. John Scott," "Lady Scott's Reel," "Lady Scott's Strathspey."

Ancrum House is a mansion in north Roxburghire that stands near the site of the ancient village of Over Ancrum, and of a rural palace of the Bishop of Glasgow. It commanded a fine view of Teviotdale away to the Cheviot Mountains, and was surrounded by an extensive deer-park, with craggy knolls and grand old trees.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Pringle (A Second Collection of Strathspeys, Reels & Jiggs &c.), c. 1805

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