Annotation:Mrs. Gun Monro of Poyntzfield's Fancy

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X:1 T:Mrs. Gun Monro of Poyntzfield's Fancy M:C L:1/8 R:Country Dance Tune B:Gow & Shepherd - Collection of entirely original strathspey, reels, marches, quicksteps etc. (1796, p. 7) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G GG AA B/G/B/d/ DD|GG AA B/G/B/d/ e>g|GG AA B/G/B/d/ DD|EE FF G>A G2!fine!:| dd BB Te/d/e/g/ GG|dd BB e/d/e/f/ !fermata!~g2|dd BB Te/d/e/g/ GG|dB/G/ dB/G/ e/d/e/f/ {f}!fermata!~g2!D.C.!||

MRS. GUN MONRO OF POYNTZFIELD'S FANCY. Scottish, Country Dance Tune (4/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The tune was published by the Edinburgh music publishing firm of Nathaniel Gow and William Shepherd in a volume entitled A Collection of Entirely Original Strathspey Reels, Marches, Quick Steps &c., "by Ladies resident in a remote part of the Highlands of Scotland, as corrected by Nath. Gow." Unfortunately, the composers names are not given. The Leeds antiquarian Frank Kidson (1854–1926) penciled a note in his copy of the volume that the composers were, or included, “the Misses Whyte,” and modern researcher Charles Gore thinks “the Misses Whyte” may possibly be a Miss White and a Miss Brockly, of Morayshire, east Highlands.

Poyntzfield House

Poyntzfield was the estate of Sir George Gun Monro (1717–1785) son of Janet Gunn of Braemore and Rev. John Munro of Halkirk, Caithness, Scotland. It was built in the early 1700s and extended on several occasions later. The Georgian mansion was originally called Ardoch House but changed names with the marriage in 1760 of Sir George Gunn Munro to Mary (Molly) Poyntz[1] (1722-1785). He purchased the lands in Ardoch, Scotland, in 1761 and renamed them in honor of Mary. However, at the time Gow & Shepherd issued their 1796 collection, Poyntzfield house was in the possession of his nephew George Gunn Munro, 2nd of Poyntzfield house, who was the son of Sir George's older brother, Captain John Gunn Munro of Braemore. Nephew George Gunn Munro married Justina Dunbar (1759-1826), daughter of William Dunbar, Forres. He died July 1, 1806, age 63.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Nathaniel Gow & William Shepherd (Collection of entirely original strathspeys, reels, marches, quicksteps &c. ), 1796; p. 7.

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  1. It was Mary's 2nd marriage, having previously wed George Hinde in 1747, who was a merchant agent in Jamaica for the firm of Augustus and Boyd of London. He died 1756.