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MR. MURDOCH. Scottish, Reel. E Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB'. Composed by Alexander Walker in honor of Mr. Murdoch of Wellhead, Fochabers. There was a Mr. Murdoch who was a gardener for Gordon Castle, a mile from Fochabers, as was Alexander Walker a gardener for Newe Castle. Perhaps they had a collegial relationship, if this was the "Mr. Murdoch" the title references, however, the dates do not seem to quite match up. Murdoch is recorded having kept a weather journal in 1829, when Walker was aged 10, so Murdoch the gardener was at least 10 years and perhaps considerably older.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Walker (A Collection of Strathspeys, Reels, Marches, &c.), 1866; No. 122, p. 42.