Mrs. Forbes of Newe

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MRS. FORBES OF NEWE. Scottish, Reel. A Mixolydian/Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by Aberdeenshire fiddler-composer Alexander Walker (b. 1819) in honor of a member of the family of his employer, Sir Charles Forbes (1803-1877) 3rd Bart., of Castle Newe. In 1830 married Carolyn (or Caroline) Battye (.d 1877). If the tune is named for her, then it was presumably composed before the year 1852, the year Charles became Baronet at the death of his father, after which his wife would have been titled "Lady" instead of "Mrs." Alternatively, the tune may be named for one of the sons or relatives of the Forbes of Newe family.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Walker (A Collection of Strathspeys, Reels, Marches, &c.), 1866; No. 6, p. 3.

Recorded sources:




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