Mrs. Captain Skene’s Strathspey—of Carreston
MRS. CAPTAIN SKENE'S STRATHSPEY--OF CARRESTON. Scottish, ("Moderately Slow") Strathspey. E Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by William Marshall (1748-1833). Careston (Carreston) Castle is a large mansion dating from the 17th century, located in Forfarshire. The estate of Careston was purchased by Major George Skene in 1721, although he only survived a few years to enjoy it. The Major had two daughters, each married at the same time, and the Major decreed that the estate would be inherited by the daughter who bore the first son. One of the daughters married a cousin (also a Skene) and was the first to produce an heir. Her eldest son George eventually succeeded to Careston and married Mary, a daughter of Forbes of Alford. Their eldest son and heir, George Skene of Skene (1781-1825) was educated as a lawyer but never practiced. He entered the army and served for some years in General Gordon of Fyvie's regiment of infantry as captain. Later he became an MP, allied with Charles Fox and the Whigs. He is said to have never married, however.
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Printed sources: Marshall, Fiddlecase Edition, 1978;1822 Collection, p. 58.