Mr. Alexander Irvine's Strathspey

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MR. ALEXANDER IRVINE'S STRATHSPEY. Scottish, Strathspey (2hole time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Composed by the "Dunkeld Paganini," Duncan McKercher, in honor of Rev. Alexander Irvine (1773-1824), Church of Scotland minister of Little Dunkeld, Perthshire, and poetry collector who died the year McKercher published his collection. The tune may also have been composed for Rev. Irvine's son, also named Alexander (Robertson) Irvine, who was born in January 1806. Both father and son were born in Fortingall, Perth and Kinross. The elder married Janet, a daughter of Robert Stewart, 3rd of Garth, and Janet Stewart, while the younger married Margaret Stewart-Menzies (b. 1809). The younger Alexander also became a Church of Scotland minister like his father, and served in Blair Atholl, Perth and Kinross. See note for "Miss Stewart of Foss' Reel."

McKercher included numerous tunes for the extended Stewart and Menzies families in his collection. See also McKercher's "Miss Clementina Irvine's Strathspey," named for Alexander and Janet's daughter, and A.R. Irvine's sister.

Duncan McKercher



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