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MISS WILLIAMSON. Scottish, Strathspey. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Composed by Malcolm McDonald, a fiddler who lived in Inver, in the parish of Dunkeld. Although little is known about him, he was a contemporary of Neil Gow's and supposedly played the violincello for him after the death of Donald Gow. The tune appears in his Collection of Strathspey Reels, vol. 1, dedicated to Mrs. Baird of Newbyth. Perhaps "Miss Williamson" is the same person honored in the title "Miss Williamson of Polmont’s Reel," another tune in McDonald's collections.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Glen (The Glen Collection of Scottish Music), vol. 1, 1891; p. 29. MacDonald (Collection of Strathspey Reels, vol. 1); p. 12.