Annotation:Miss Stewart of Grantully (2)

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X:1 T:Miss Stewart of Grantully [2] M:C| L:1/8 S:Reel B:Stewart-Robertson – The Athole Collection (1884) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:A e|AAcA eAcA|=GGBG dGB=g|AAcA eAcA|Eaef cAA:| ||B|Aaga eaca|B=gdg B=GGB|Aaga eaca|faef cAAB| Aaga eaca|B=gdg B=GGB|AAcA dBcA|Ea ef cAA|]

MISS STEWART OF GRANTULLY [2]. AKA and see "Balmoral Castle (4)." Scottish, Reel. A Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. "Miss Stewart of Grantully [2]" was composed by Dunkeld fiddler-composer Niel Gow (1727-1807). The ‘A’ parts are the ones particularly shared (i.e. nearly identical) with “Green Groves of Erin (1)” and “Padai Bhilli.” The tune is a reel-time version of Gow’s “Miss Stewart of Grantully (1) Strathspey,” and perhaps refers to Clementina or Grizel Stewart, daughters of Sir John Stewart, 4th Bart of Grandtully (d. 1797) and his wife Clementina Stewart (daughter of Charles Stewart of Ballechin), whom he married in 1797. Grizel became a minister’s wife, while Clementina (born around 1759) married in 1782 Alexander Moray, 14th of Abercairny.

See also related pipe tune "Our Lads are Nice," and ship's fiddler William LItten's "Miss Man's Reel. See also the numerous Irish versions under titles "Castlecomer Lasses (The)," "Down the Groves," "Erin's Groves," "Gay Fellow's Favourite (The)," "Good Fluter (The)," "Green Fields of Erin (1)," “Green Groves of Erin (1),” "Groves of Erin (The)," "Heather Breeze (3)," “Low Highland (The),” "Mary in the Mall," "Miss Shaw's Reel," “Padaí Bhillí na Rópaí’s Highland,” "Queenstown Lasses (The)."

"Miss Stewart's Reel" in Skye Collection, composed by Duncan McIntyre, is a similarly titled tune but has no musical relationship with Gow's reel.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 291. Glen (The Glen Collection of Scottish Music), vol. 2, 1895; p. 5. Gow (First Collection of Strathpsey Reels), 1784 (revised 1801); p. 8. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 1), c. 1880's; Set 25, No. 1, p. 15. MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 7. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 3.

See also listing at :
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [1]

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