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X:1 T:Miss Trotter C:James Macintosh M:C L:1/16 B: Joseph Lowe - Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, B:book 3 (1844–1845, p. 3) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:A F2|A,3CEA3 FA3E2c|d3B dcBA GB3Bc3|A3,CEA3 F3Adf3|e3c dcBA E2A2A2:| e2|ae3c3e fa3e3c|d3B dcBA GB3~B3g|{fga}a3ece3 (3f2g2a2 (3e2d2c2|(3d2e2f2 e3 cA3A3g| ae3c3e fa3e3c|d3B dcBA GB3B3d|cA3e3c dB3f3d|(3c2d2e2 (3e2f2g2 a2A2A2||



MISS TROTTER. Scottish, Strathspey. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The composition is credited to James Macintosh by Lowe and Kerr, who print the tune on the same page as Macintosh’s reel “Mr. James Trotter,” suggesting the pair was to be played as a set. James Macintosh (1791-1879) was, according to J. Murray Neil (The Scots Fiddle, 1991), a member of a musical family that produced six skilled fiddlers in three generations. James’ father was a contemporary, friend and neighbour of the famous Scots fiddler Niel Gow’s in Dunkeld, Perthshire, and played in the latter’s band. James and his brother Charles took lessons from Niel and remained close to the family. James attempted a career as a joiner, explains J. Murray Neil, but, when invited to Edinburgh by the Gow sons to play in their band (the ‘Reel players of Scotland’, a celebrated string band of up to 20 skilled musicians), he at once departed for the city. In addition to his professional playing, Macintosh established a reputation as a music teacher in Edinburgh and had several compositions printed by Lowe (1840) and later Kerr.

James Macintosh (1791-1879)


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Printed sources : - Kerr (Merry Melodies vol. 2), c. 1880's; No. 39, p. 7. Joseph Lowe (Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, book 3), 1844–1845; p. 3.






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