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MR. STRANG OF LOPNESS'S REEL. Scottish, Reel (cut time). C Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Lopness is in Orkney. The tune perhaps honors Andrew Strang of Lopness, a tacksman who made a small fortune in part because of the unsurpassed kelp shore on his farm. He married Catherine Lindsay, and bought a townhouse, which was passed onto their son William, who succeeded his father at Lopness in 1802.

The kelp business was still flourishing, but young Strang had acquired expensive tastes. He had been for some time in a London office, and required to spend a part of each year in the great metropolis. Accordingly, we soon find him borrowing from his stepmother a sum of £360, and giving a bond on this property. This was redeemed by the help of David Geddes, Esq., residing in Stromness, and William Strang paid off his obligation by marrying Miss Geddes.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: MacIntyre (Collection of Slow Airs, Reels & Strathspeys), 1794; p. 19.

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