Mr. MacDonald of Staffa's Strathspey

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MR. MACDONALD OF STAFFA'S STRATHSPEY. AKA and see "Niel Gow's Wife (1)," "Niel Gow's Second Wife (1)." Scottish, Strathspey. B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by Daniel McLaren, appearing in his collection of 1794. McLaren was a native of Taymouth, Perthshire, and became a musician in Edinburgh, though little else is known of him. The melody is now better known as "Niel Gow's Second Wife(1)," and therefore has often been attributed to the more famous composer, although none of the Gow family ever laid claim to it. See also McLaren's companion reel "Mr. MacDonald of Staffa."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Glen (The Glen Collection of Scottish Dance Music), vol. 2, 1895; p. 36.

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