Mortlach Reel (The)
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MORTLACH REEL, THE. AKA and see "Miss Jeanny Williamson." Scottish, Reel. F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by William Marshall (1748-1833).
The title honors the parish of Mortlach, Dufftown, Speyside, Scotland. St. Moluag of Lismore first spread Christianity to the region in the 7th or 8th centuries from Mortlach, which features an old kirk dating to the 13th century. Inside is a monument to the Duffs of Keithmore, while outside the church is surrounded by ancient gravestones (Cowie, The Life and Times of William Marshall, 1999). Mortlach is also the location of the Mortlach distillery founded by James Findlater in Dufftown, Banffshire, which produces a fine scotch. The distillery dates to 1823, the year after Marshall published his "Mortlach Reel," but undoubtedly there was much distilling activity taking place beforehand, taking advantage of the perfect water sources in the area. Today the areas distilleries produce many fine brands of Scotch, including Glenfiddich, Glendullan, Kininvie, Mortlach, Balvenie and Dufftown-Glenlivet.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Marshall, Fiddlecase Edition, 1978; 1822 Collection, p. 53.