Mrs. Gordon of Abergeldie's Strathspey (2)

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X:1 T:Mrs. Gordon of Abergeldie’s Strathspey C:James Taylor M:C L:1/16 R:Strathspey B:James Taylor – A Collection of Strathspeys & Reels, together B:with a Set of Scots Quadrilles (Elgin, c. 1835, p. 7) N:”Most respectfully dedicated to Lady Dunbar of Northfield.” Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D A2|d3ed2B2 AF3D2F2|E3F GFED D3B,B,2A,2|d3ed2B2 A3FD2F2|E3DF2E2 D4D2:| A2|FA3 ~A4 B3Ad2B2|A3F GFED F3EE2A2|FA3 ~A4 B3Ad2B2|A3FE2F2 D4 D2A2| FA3 ~A4 B3Ad2B2|A3F GFED F3EE2A2|(3F2G2A2 (3G2A2B2 (3A2B2c2 (3B2c2d2|fedc d2F2 D4 D2||

MRS. GORDON OF ABERGELDIE'S STRATHSPEY [2]. Scottish, Strathspey (whole time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. "Mrs. Gordon of Abergeldie's Strathspey [2]" was composed by James Taylor, a teacher of music and dance in Elgin, Moray.

There are a couple of candidates for the person of Taylor's title. First, there is Anne Biddulph (1772-1841), who married David Gordon, 14th of Abergeldie, in 1789. David, twenty years older than Anne, died in 1831 at age 78. He was succeeded by his son, Michael Frances Gordon (1792-1860), 15th of Abergeldie, who married Caroline Swete in 1820. There is no date for the death of Caroline, but assuming she was alive at the time Taylor published his volume in 1835, then there were at least two Mrs. Gordon of Abergeldie's--Anne Biddulph and Caroline Swete.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - James Taylor (A Collection of Strathspeys & Reels, together with a Set of Scots Quadrilles), Elgin, c. 1835; p. 7.

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