Mrs. Edmonstoune of Newton’s Favorite
MRS. EDMONSTOUNE OF NEWTON'S FAVORITE. Scottish, Jig (6/8 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. See also "Mr. Edmonstone of Newton’s Strathspey" and "Miss Edmondstone of Newton," from Shepherd's first collection (1793). The family of Edmonstone of Cambuswallace and Newton, near Doune, in Shepherd's time, was that of John James Edmonstone of Newton (1771–c. 1840), a Scottish advocate and an intimate friend of Walter Scott in his younger years. He studied law with Scott, who nicknamed his friend 'Jean Jacques', and remained a correspondent. One letter from the writer to Edmonstoune, relates telling drinking stories about port, and asks him "have you met any Perthshire beauties?".
Although the Edmonstone family had strong Jacobite connections, they were rehabilitated, and he was Sheriff of Bute from 1799 to 1818.
Source for notated version:
Shepherd (Second Collection of Strathspey Reels), 1800.