Mr. Edmonstone of Newton’s Strathspey
MR. EDMONSTONE OF NEWTON'S STRATHSPEY. Scottish, Strathspey. A Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Composed by William Shepherd. See also Shepherd's "Miss Edmondstone of Newton" and, from his second collection (1800), "Mrs. Edmonstoune of Newton’s Favorite." The family of Edmonstone of Cambuswallace and Newton, near Doune, in Shepherd's time, was that of John James Edmonstone of Newton (1771–c. 1840), a Scottish advocate and an intimate friend of Walter Scott in his younger years. He studied law with Scott, who nicknamed his friend 'Jean Jacques', and remained a correspondent. One letter from the writer to Edmonstoune, relates telling drinking stories about port, and asks him "have you met any Perthshire beauties?".
Although the Edmonstone family had strong Jacobite connections, they were rehabilitated, and he was Sheriff of Bute from 1799 to 1818.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Shepherd (A Collection of Strathspey Reels), 1793; p. 12.