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X:1 T:Mrs. Gordon of Aberdour's Reel [1] M:C L:1/8 R:Reel B:Robert Petrie – Third Collection of Strathspey Reels (p. 24) N:Dedicated to Francis Garden Esq. Junior of Troup by N:Robert Petrie at Kirkmichael. Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G B|GBdB eAAB|G/G/G GB dgdB|caBg aAAB|Ggba g2g:| |:a|(b/a/g/f/) gd eAAg|(b/a/g/f/) gd egdB|caBg aAAB|Ggba g2g:|]

MRS. GORDON OF ABERDOUR. Scottish, Strathspey and Reel (whole time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. 'Mrs. Gordon of Aberdour' was Mary Rose, the eldest daughter of William Rose of Ballivat (1779-1828). She married William Gordon of Aberdour (1772-1839). They had seven children but survived them all, except for their youngest William, who died at age 40 soon after his father's death. All of the children survived infancy, but most of them died as teenagers or young adults. Aberdour House, in the district of Buchan, Aberdeenshire, was the family seat, located near the shores of the Moray Frith. The Gazateer (1803) records: "The soil of the Parish of Aberdour is exceedingly various; the greater part is moss and muir, interspersed with small patches of cultivated land. The only plantations are around Aberdourhouse, the elegant seat of Mr. Gordon of Aberdour."

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Printed sources : - Robert Petrie (Third Collection of Strathspey Reels), 1802; p. 24. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 183.

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