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MISS TROTTER. Scottish, Strathspey. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The composition is credited to James Mackintosh by Kerr, who prints the tune above Mackintosh’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.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Kerr (Merry Melodies), vol. 2; No. 39, p. 7.