Mr. Stewart Jr. of Carnock’s Reel

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X:1 T:Mr. Stewart (Jr.) of Carnock's Reel M:C L:1/16 R:Reel B:Gow – Fifth Collection of Strathspey Reels (1809) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Bb d2|B3F TF4 G3B TB4|A2f2f2e2 d3B TB4|fb3 (g3b) fd3Tc3B|(G2A2B2)c2 (B2A2G2)F2| B3F TF4 G3B TB4|A2f2(f2e2) (e2d2)c2B2|f2b2g2b2 f2d2c2B2|c2f2c2f2 d2B2B2|| g2|f4 d2B2 b4 g2e2|f3dTc3B (ABc2) A2F2|G2B2F2B2 G2B2F2B2|c2f2d2B2 (ABc2) A2F2| GB3 TB4 FB3 TB4|A2f2(f2e2) (e2d2)c2B2|g2b2f2b2 e2b2d2b2|c2g2f2c2 d2B2TB2||

MR. STEWART (JUNR.) OF CARNOCK('S REEL). AKA - "Stewart's Reel." Scottish, Slow Reel. B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Composed by Edinburgh cellist and composer Joseph Reinagle (1762-1825), an expatriate or son of an expatriate Austro-Hungarian trumpeter who was once a member of the Old Pretender's entourage in 1715. After studying he violoncello under Schetky (who married his sister), and the violin under Aragoni, Reinagle became leader of the Edinburgh Theatre Band. Nathaniel Gow was his pupil for a time. Reinagle moved to Dublin for a few years before settling in London where he was principal cello at the Salomon concerts under Haydn, and died in the city in 1825.

The title perhaps refers to Carnock Castle was an estate and smallish mansion in Stirlingshire, erected by Robert Drummond in 1548. Extensive additions were made in the 17th century, starting in 1634. The mansion was destroyed in 1941 and nothing remains. However, there does not seem to be a Stewart (or Stuart) associated with it. The title also perhaps references Houstoun Stewart-Nicolson of Carnock (1741-1785), of whom there is very little information.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Carlin (Gow Collection), 1986; No. 298. Gow (Fifth Collection of Niel Gow’s Reels), 1809; p. 27. Saunders (New and Complete Instructor for the Violin), Boston, 1847; No. 70, p. 38 (as "Stewart's Reel").

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