Miss Stewart of Foss' Reel
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MISS STEWART OF FOSS' REEL. Scottish, Reel (whole time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by fiddler-composer Duncan McKercher, the "Dunkeld Paganini." Speculatively, McKercher's 'Miss Stewart of Foss' may have been Margaret (1809-1836), daughter of Joseph Stewart Menzies, Esq. of Foss, Perthshire, who, in Edinburgh in 1833 married the Rev. A.R. Irvine, minister of of Blair Atholl 1843-1867. McKercher also composed "Mr. Alexander Irvine's Strathspey" and thus may have composed a tune for each of the couple. Margaret died young, at age 26. The couple had one daughter.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Duncan McKercher (A Collection of Original Stathspeys and Reels), Edinburgh, 1824; p. 3.