Mrs. Brown of Linkwood

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MRS. BROWN('S REEL) OF LINKWOOD. Scottish, Reel. E Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by William Marshall (1748-1833). Mrs. Brown was probably the wife of either George Brown or his son Peter Brown. The Browns were surveyors, and Peter turned the whiskey still at Linkwood into a licensed distillery that still produces spirits today [Cowie, The Life and Times of William Marshall, 1999]. Marshall may have come in contact with the Browns through his interest in surveying, or in the context of his employment as Steward of the Household for the Duke of Gordon (the elder Brown was factor for forty years to the Earl of Findlater).

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; pg. 79. Cameron (Cameron’s Selection of Violin Music), 1859; p. 17. Marshall, Fiddlecase Edition, 1978; 1822 Collection, p. 60. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 252.

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