Mrs. Colonel Bailie of Red-Castle

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X:1 T:Mrs. Colonel Bailie of Red-Castle C:Joseph Lowe M:C L:1/8 R:Reel B: Joseph Lowe - Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, B:book 6 (1844-45, p. 12) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D f|(Bf)f^g {b}(ag)af|eAed cAAc|(Bf)f^g {b}(ag)af|ecac B/B/B B:| e|fBdB FBdB|cAEA cAec|fBdB FBdB|cAec B/B/B (Be)| fBdB FBdB|cAEA cAec|Bdce dfe^g|afec B/B/B B||



MRS. COLONEL BAILIE OF RED-CASTLE. Scottish, Reel (whole time). B Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Shears): AAB (Lowe, MacDonald). Composed by Inverness/Edinburgh dancing master and musician Joseph Lowe. The tune is sometimes called “Mrs. Baillie” on Cape Breton island. Redcastle was until recently one of the oldest inhabited houses in Scotland. It was purchased in 1838 by Colonel Hugh Duncan Baillie of Dochfour, a Lieutenant for Co. Ross and an MP for Rye and Honiton. His first wife was a minister's daughter, Elizabeth Heynett, and his second (and, given the dates of composer J. Lowe, probably the 'Mrs. Colonel') was Mary, daughter of Thomas Smith of Castleton Hall.


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Printed sources : - MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 33. Joseph Lowe (Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, book 6), 1844-45; p. 12. Shears (Gathering of the Clans Collection, vol. 1), 1986; p. 58 (pipe setting. Appears as “Mrs. Baillie”).






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