Miss Stewart of Garth (1)
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MISS STEWART OF GARTH . Scottish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The tune was composed by Malcolm McDonald of Dunkeld, according to John Glen, and appears in his 4th collection, a volume dedicated to the Countess of Breadalbane. The Stewarts of Garth, Perthshire, were a famous military family, descended from James Stewart who built the castle of Garth at the end of the 14th century. Robert Stewart of Garth (1740-1820) had three sons and two daughters with his wife Janet (also a Stewart, although spelled the name Steuart). 'Miss Garth' may have been Jessy Stewart Drummachary (1776-1865), who married a minister in April, 1805, or the other daughter who remained unmarried. Miss Stewart's brother, David Stewart (1772-1829) rose to the rank of Major-General.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Glen (The Glen Collection of Scottish Music, vol. 2), 1895; p. 10. MacDonald (A Fourth Collection of Strathspey Reels), 1797; p. 8.