Mr. Garden Junior’s Return and Welcome to Troop House
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MR. GARDEN JUNIOR’S RETURN AND WELCOME TO TROOP HOUSE. Scottish, Jig (6/8 time). D Minor (Petrie): C Minor (Johnson). Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by Robert Petrie (1767 1830), a native of Kirkmichael, Perthshire, who was employed as a gardener at Troup House. He was an excellent fiddler and had a reputation as a profligate and non conformist, but is reputed to have won either a 'silver bow' or a cup (depending on the story) at a competition at Edinburgh in 1822. There is no evidence that the prize ever appeared in Kirkmichael, however. Petrie composed many tunes and published four collections in his lifetime. Troup House was a mansion in Gamrie parish, Banffshire, near the coast, built along an Adam design in 1763. The title probably refers to the son of the 6th laird, Francis Garden-Campbell (1768-1815) and his wife Penolope Smythe (from Ballinatray, Ireland), an only child, also named Francis. Francis Garden (the father) was the grand nephew of Colonel John Campbell and assumed the named Garden-Campbell of Troup and Glenlyon (See note for “Colonel Campbell”).