Mr. Lumsdane of Blanerne's Strathspey
MR. LUMSDANE OF BLANERNE'S STRATHSPEY. AKA – “Mr. Lumsdell of Blenairn’s Strathspey," "Mr. Lumsden.” Scottish, Strathspey. F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Published by the Gows and Malcolm MacDonald of Dunkeld under this title (and without composer credit), it was originally a William Marshall composition called "Lady Madelina Palmer's Strathspey (1)." The Lumsdens are an ancient Scottish clan, descended from Norman stock, who acquired Blanerne castle in the 14th century, becoming the main clan seat. Blanerne is in Berwickshire in the Scottish Borders located on the banks of the Whiteadder River, although today nothing remains of the castle save one of the flanking towers. A manor house was built nearby, which unfortunately burned in a disastrous fire, but was rebuilt in 1895. Chief of the Clan Lumsden was Bonnie Prince Charlie’s secretary during the rising of 1745, and was forced to flee to Rome the next year when the rebellion collapsed. He returned to Scotland in 1773 and was pardoned by the British government.
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Printed sources: Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 4), 1796; No. 7, p. 3. Gow (Third Collection of Niel Gow’s Reels), 1792; p. 13 (3rd ed.). Kerr (Merry Melodies), vol. 2; No. 191, p. 22 (appears as "Mr. Lumsden"). MacDonald (A Third Collection of Strathspey Reels), c. 1792; p. 3. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 222 (appears as "Mr. Lumsden").