Annotation:Mrs. Harvey of Broadland's Strathspey

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X:1 T:Mrs. Harvey (of Broadland's) Strathspey C:R. Petrie S:Petrie's Second Collection of Strathspey Reels and Country Dances &c. Z:Steve Wyrick <sjwyrick'at'astound'dot'net>, 6/5/04 N:Petrie's Second Collection, page 6 L:1/8 M:C R:Strathspey K:Bb g|:f<Bf>d f<(BB>f)|d>e g/f/e/d/ e<(cc<g)|f>B g/f/e/d/ f<(BB>b)||1(b<gTg>^f g2gb):|2(b<gTg>^f g2g=f)|| d(gTg>f) b(gTg>f)|d(gTg>f) d<cc<f |d<(fTg>f) b<gg>b|f>d e/d/c/B/ c2c2| G(gTg>f) F(gTg>f)|G(gTg>f) d<cc>d |B<dd<d b<gg<b|f<dc>d B2B|]

MRS. HARVEY (OF BROADLAND’S) STRATHSPEY. Scottish, Strathspey (whole time). B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Composed by Kirkmichael, Perthshire, fiddler and composer biography:Robert Petrie. It appears in his Second Collection of Strathspey Reels and Country Dances, a volume dedicated to his patron and employer, Mrs. Garden of Troup. 'Mrs. Harvey' may have been Elizabeth Ceeley, the spouse of Alexander Harvey, whose was traced as the owner of a military sword that came up for auction in the 2nd decade of the 21st century. The auction notice[1] recorded:

[Alexander Harvey]...inherited great wealth from his father, also Alexander, one of three brothers who left Aberdeenshire to make their fortunes in the West Indies; the younger Alexander Harvey bought the Broadland estate, near Rattray, north of Peterhead, in 1788, marrying an heiress [Ceeley] in the following year. Harvey was an 'improving' landlord, notably active in managing his estate along 'modern' lines and caring for the welfare of his tenants. On the outbreak of war with Revolutionary France, Harvey offered his services to the 4th Duke of Gordon and was commissioned lieutenant in the duke's 'Northern Regiment of Fencible Men' with effect from 1st March 1793. His time with the duke's Fencibles was short, however, since he resigned his commission in December 1793. Harvey appears to have seen no further military service until December 1803, when he was appointed major-commandant of the three-company regiment of Aberdeenshire Volunteers that presented him with this sword in 1805. The three companies had been formed separately in October 1803, based upon the five north-eastern Aberdeenshire villages of Crimond and Lonmay, St Fergus and Longside and Rathen, but were regimented in December that year. Harvey remained the major-commandant until the formation of the Local Militia in 1808, whereupon his regiment was combined with a three-company regiment of Volunteers based upon Peterhead to form the 2nd Aberdeenshire Local Militia, and Harvey was commissioned the new regiment's colonel. Harvey remained colonel until 1814, when the Local Militia was disbanded, and he died in 1817.

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Printed sources : - Petie (Second Collection of Strathspey Reels and Country Dances), 1796; p. 6.

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