Mr. F. Garden Junr. of Troup's Strathspey

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X:1 T:Mr. F. Garden Junr. of Troup's Strathspey C:Robert Mackintosh M:C L:1/16 R:Strathspey B:Robert Mackintosh – “A Fourth Collection of New Strathspey Reels, also some Famous old Reels” (1804, p. 28) N:Dedicated to the Dutchess [sic] of Manchester N:Robert “Red Rob” Mackintosh (c. 1745-1808) was a Scottish violinist and N:composer active in Edinburgh at the end of the 18th century. Originally from N:Tullymet, near Pitlochry, Perthshire. He moved to London in the last decade N:of his life. Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G d2|BG3G3D B,3DGB3|E2AB cBAG FA3Dd3|BG3G3D B,3DG3D|Ec3Fd3 BG3G2:| d2|(gfga) gd3 ec3dG3|(gfga) g2f2 (ea3a3b)|g3agd3 ec3dB3|(cBAG) Fd3 BG3Gd3| (gfga g)d3 ec3dG3|(gfga) g3f e(a3Ta3f)|gb3ab3 ga3fg3|ea3fd3 ggg2 g2||

MR. F. GARDEN JUNR. OF TROUP'S STRATHSPEY. Scottish, Strathspey (whole time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. "Mr. F. Garden Junr. of Troup's Strathspey" was composed by Edinburgh fiddler-composer Robert Mackintosh (c. 1745-1808) for Francis Garden-Campbell (1793-1826), 7th of Troup, who would have been only aged about 11 when Mackintosh's Fourth Collection of New Strathspey Reels (1804) was published. There was a long succession of Garden (later Garden-Campbell) of Troup lairds, including a great-uncle, father, son and grandson of the 7th of Troup.

Troup House, near Pennan and Gardenstown in north Aberdeenshire (formerly Banffshire), was an estate and country house built in 1772 for the Garden family. Lewis's A Topopgraphical Dictionary of Scotland, vol. 1 (1846, p. 479) describes:

Troup House is a spacious mansion, built in 1772, and commanding an extensive view of the sea; the demense is tastefully laid out, and embellished with natural wood and thriving plantations. This seat was suffered to fall into neglect during the minority of the present proprietor, who built a picturesque Norwegian cottage for his residence at Torewood.

The 'minority' referenced by Lewis is that of Francis Garden-Campbell's (7th of Troup) son, Francis Garden-Campbell (8th of Troup), who was born in 1818 and inherited Troup at the age of eight when his father died in 1826. See also other tunes for the denizens of Troup house in Mackintosh's volume: "Mrs. Garden of Troup (3)" for Francis's (7th of Troup) mother, Penelope Garden Campbell (née Smythe), "Miss Garden of Troup’s Favorite" for one of his sisters (Fanny, Agnes) or unmarried aunts (Helen, Jane), "Miss Mary Garden of Troup's Reel" for an aunt (who married in 1806), and "Mr. Garden of Troup's Strathspey (2)" for his father, Francis Garden-Campbell (1768-1815) 6th of Troup and Glenlyon.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Robert Mackintosh (A Fourth Collection of New Strathspey Reels), c. 1804; p. 28.

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