Mr. Baillie Junr. of Jerviswoode's March

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MR. BAILLIE JUNR. OF JERVISWOODE'S MARCH. Scottish, March (whole time). B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. "Mr. Baillie Junr. of Jerviswoode's March" was composed by Miss Clarkson and issued on a single-sheet in London in 1795 (along with her "Lord Napier's March"). It was named for George Baillie, from a near-line of George Baillies, beginning with George Baillie (d. 1657), an Edinburgh merchant (or perhaps a gold- or silversmith) who accumulated enough wealth to purchase in 1636 the estate of Jerviswood near Lanark, where he built a grand new house. Seven years later he purchased the large estate of Mellerstain (with its five story castle). He was succeeded by his son John, and then by a second son, Robert (1635-1684). Robert, a learned man and strong in the Presbyterian faith, came into conflict with the authorities and was accused of High Treason as a conspirator in the Rye House plot to replace King Charles II as monarch with the Duke of Monmouth. He was tried and executed the same day the verdict was handed down, and his lands forfeited to the crown. Robert's son, George Baillie, fled abroad to Holland, where George joined the Horse Guards in service to William of Orange. He returned to Scotland as part of the army of William of Orange when that monarch was invited to the crown of England, and the Baillie estates were restored to him.

When this George Baillie died in 1738 he left no son but two daughters. The first daughter's marriage failed, while the second daughter, Rachel, married Charles Hamilton, Lord Binning, with whom she had several sons. Lord Binning died relatively young, in 1773, and George, still alive at the time, left the estates to Rachel's second surviving son, the Hon. George Hamilton (1723-97), on condition that he took the name Baillie. This George Hamilton-now-Baillie spent an extended time on the Continent in his Grand Tour, but returned to Scotland in the late 1750's, married, and turned his attention to improving his estates, Jerviswood and Mellerstain, employing famed architect Robert Adam to design a new house.

He was succeeded in 1797 by his son, George Baillie (1763-1841), who would seem to be the person to whom Miss Clarkson composed her march. This George Baillie dabled with the Hopetoun Fencibles and his sporting activities, but seems to have been content with a quiet life at home. He produced two illegitimate children before his marriage and eleven legitimate ones thereafter, many of who became distinguished. He is notable chiefly for the size of his family, since he produced at least two acknowledged illegitimate children before his marriage and eleven legitimate ones thereafter. Some of his children distinguished themselves in life as ministers, admirals and judges, and his youngest daughter became the first deaconess of the established church in Scotland[1].


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  1. Information from Nicholas Kingsley's website "Landed Families of Britain and Ireland" [1], accessed 10/18/2020.