Miss Stewart of Ballechen’s Favourite
MISS STEWART OF BALLECHEN'S FAVOURITE. Scottish, Jig. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by William Shepherd (c. 1760-1812) Ballechin was a manor house near Grandtully, Perthshire, owned by the Steuart family since the 15th century. In 1806 a new manor was built in the Georgian Style on the same site, that became famous as one of Scotland's most haunted houses . At the time of the publication of Shepherd's 1793 volume, Ballenchin was held by Hope Steuart (1761 - 1834), but he married some ten years after Shepherd's publication, leaving the most likely "Miss Stewart" one of his sisters, daughters of Robert Steuart (1727-1783) and Isabella Hope, who married in 1759.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Shepherd (A Collection of Strathspey Reels), 1793; p. 1.