Mrs. Crawfurd of Donside

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X:1 T:Mrs. Crawford of Donside's Reel M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel B:John Riddell of Ayr – Collection of Scots Reels, Minuets &c. B:for the Violin (1782, p. 25) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Gdor D G2c (B/c/d) T(cB) T(cB)|{d}cAf(d cA)FA|D G2 c(B/c/d) T(cB)|cAfA G/G/G G2:| G g2a (g/a/b) T(ag)|fcac fcac|d g2 a (g/a/b) T(ag)|fdTc>A G/G/G G2| d g2 a (g/a/b) T(ag)|c f2 g (f/g/a) T(gf)|bgaf gdfd|TcAfA G/G/G G2||

MRS. CRAWFORD/CRAWFURD OF DONSIDE('S REEL). AKA - "Mrs. Crawford of Donside's Reel." AKA and see "Mr. John Shaw Stewart’s (1)," "Rover (4) (The)," "Scotch Hunt (3)," "Sir John Shaw Stewart's Strathspey." Scottish, Reel. G Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by fiddler-composer John Riddell of Ayr and first published in his Collection of Scots Reels, Minuets & c. for the Violin (1766, p. 25), reprinted in his second volume of 1782. The melody was republished by the Gow family as "Mr. John Shaw Stewart’s (1) Strathspey" in First Collection of Niel Gow's Reels, 1784 (p. 4, No. 6). See also the numerous Irish versions of the reel, notes for which can be found under "Dublin Lasses (2)."

Doonside House in Alloway, Ayr, overlooking the beautiful river Doon and its renowned Old Bridge, was built in the mid-18th century by local resident John Crawford, who acquired the land in public auction. Crawford enhanced the manor in 1754 by hiring William Burnes (poet Robert Burns's father) as gardener for a period of two or three years. Burnes's efforts were rewarded, for a visiting tourist at the time described Doonside as "a pretty dwelling, surrounded with gardens, orchards and parks" [1]. The house was extensively damaged by fire in 1852 but was remodelled, and was finally demolished in 1961. See also Riddell's "Mrs. Crawford of Doneside's Minuet."

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Glen (The Glen Collection of Scottish Dance Music, vol. 1), 1891; p. 18. MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 187. Riddell (Collection of Scots Reels, Minuets, &c. for the Violin), 1782; p. 25).

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  1. Wilson, Chambers & Hill, The Land of Burns vol. 1, Glasgow, 1840, p. 18