Mrs. Fordyce of Ayton's Strathspey

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MRS. FORDYCE OF AYTON'S STRATHSPEY. Scottish, Strathspey. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune was composed by Perthshire fiddler-composer Robert Mackintosh, in honor of Catherine Maxwell of Monreith, eldest daughter of Sir William Maxwell of Monreith, and sister of Jane, Duchess of Gordon (strathspey composer William Marshall's employer). In 1767 Catherine married John Fordyce, esq., of Ayton, Berwickshire, who was later the Receiver-General of Land Tax in Scotland. She died in 1815. See also other tunes composed in her honor, "Miss Catherine Maxwell's Scots Measure," and "Miss Catherine Maxwell's Minuet." Another tune, "Miss Fordyce Ayton" was written for the family by Robert Mackintosh as well.

Catherine Fordyce. By William Wood (1769-1810)

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