Mrs. Leith of Glenkindy’s (2)

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X:2 T:Mrs. Leith (of Glenkendy's) Reel [2] C:R. Petrie S:Petrie's Second Collection of Strathspey Reels and Country Dances &c. Z:Steve Wyrick <sjwyrick'at'astound'dot'net>, 6/11/04 N:Petrie's Second Collection, page 17 L:1/8 M:C R:Reel K:A e|(c/B/A) EA EAcA|(d/c/B) FB FBdB|(c/B/A) EA EAcA|(e/f/g) ae cAA:| f|eATc>A eAAa|fBTd>B fBBa|eATc>A eAAa|faea cAAf| eATc>A eAAa|fBTd>B fBBg|afge fdec|dBEe cAA|]

MRS. LEITH OF GLENKINDY'S [2]. Scottish, Reel (whole time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The melody appears in Kirkmichael, Perthshire, fiddler and composer Robert Petrie's 1796 2nd Collection of Strathspey Reels and Country Dances (p. 17), a volume dedicated to his employer and patron, Mrs. Garden of Troup.

Mrs. Leith was probably the spouse of Alexander Leith of Freefield and Glenkindie, the name of both a father and son. The elder Leith died in 1803, aged 86 years. His first wife (whom he married in April, 1744) was Jean Garden, the sister of Alexander Garden of Troup, M.P. for Aberdeenshire, and thus there is a tie-in with Petrie's employers, Mr. & Mrs. Francis Garden of Troup & Glenlyon[1].

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Glen (The Glen Collection of Scottish Dance Music, vol. 2), 1895; p. 1. Robert Petrie (Second Collection of Strathspey Reels and Country Dances), 1796; p. 17.

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  1. The genealogy is somewhat murky due to the propensity of aristocratic families to use only a few names down the generations. There were several 'Alexanders' in the Leith family; likewise, 'Alexander' and 'Francis' were the names used in the Garden family.