Mrs. Kennedy of Dunure

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MRS. KENNEDY OF DUNURE. Scottish, Reel (cut time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. John Glen (1891) finds the earliest appearance of this tune in print in Ayrshire fiddler-composer John Riddell's 1766 first collection (p. 45), printed in Edinburgh by Robert Bremner. Mrs. Kennedy was either Isabella Edmonstone, wife of Francis Kennedy (1690-1765) of Dunure and Dalquharran, Ayrshire, or Jean Adam, who married in 1779 Thomas Francis Kennedy (c. 1753-1819) of Dunure, Kirkhill, Bargeny & Dalquhaarran, the son of Isabella and Francis. Castle Dunure, in ruins by the end of the 17th century, was anciently the seat of the lairds of Dunure, who became the Earls of Cassiles.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Riddell (Collection of Scots Reels, Minuets &c.), 1782; p. 45.

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