Mr. Garden of Troup's Farewell to France

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X:1 T:Mr. Garden (of Troup’s) Farewell to France M:C L:1/16 R:Air Q:"Slow" B:Petrie – Second Collection of Strathspey Reels &c. (1796, p. 1) N:The next tune in the collection is “Mr. Garden’s Welcome N:Home to Troupe House.” N:”Humbly dedicated to Mrs. Garden of Troup by Robert N:Petrie at Kirkmichael.” F: http://ks.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/5/57/IMSLP559819-PMLP901954-rob_petrie_second_collection_118402151.23.pdf Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:F C2|F3GAF3 {d}c2(BA) a3g|f2F2 (BA)(GF) TG3FGA3|F3GA2F2 {d}c2(BA) a3g|(fg)(fd) cAfc A2F2F2C2| (FEFG) A2F2 {d}c2(BA) Ta3g|f2F2 BATGF TG3FGA3|F3G{B}A2{G}F2 {d}c2(BA) Ta3g|(fgf)d (cd)(cB) A2F2F2|| c2|(fe)(ag) f3c (ABcB) BAGF|A2,c2 (dc)(BA) B2G2G2c2|f2(ag) f2c2 (ABc)B (BA)(GF)|C2B2 (Ad)(cB) A2F2F2c2| (fe)(ag) f2c2 (ABc)B (BA)(GF)|A,2c2 (dc)(BA) B2G2G2cB|A3FC2A,2 B,2E2C2B2|ABcA fcdB A2F2F2||



MR. GARDEN OF TROUP'S FAREWELL TO FRANCE. Scottish, Slow Air or Strathspey (whole time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. 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. The following tune in his Second Collection of Strathspey Reels &c. (1796), dedicated to Mrs. Garden of Troup, is "Mr. Garden's Welcome Home to Troup House," a stathspey; the two were probably meant to be played as a pair.

Although there were four successive Francis Gardens of Troup to confusticate the issue, the dates of Petrie's collection match with Francis Garden-Campbell of Troup, the 6th of Troup and Glenlyon (1768-1815), who, in 1791, married Penelope Smythe, from Ballinatray, Ireland. Their only child was also named Francis. The 6th laird was the grand nephew of Colonel John Campbell and assumed the named Garden-Campbell of Troup and Glenlyon upon receiving his inheritance. Petrie also composed the similarly titled "Mr. Garden Junior’s Return and Welcome to Troop House" for his Fourth Collection (1805), but this refers to the son of the 6th laird.

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Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Hunter (Fiddle Music of Scotland), 1988; No. 42. Neil (The Scots Fiddle), 1991; No. 107, p. 143. Petrie (Second Collection of Strathspey Reels &c.), 1796; p. 1.

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