Mrs. MacDonald of Clanrannald’s (3)

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MRS. MACDONALD OF CLANRANNALD’S [3]. Scottish, Reel. E Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by Nathaniel Gow (1763-1831). Nathaniel was a son of the famous fiddler Niel Gow, and himself a fiddler, composer, bandleader and music publisher. The title may refer to Katherine MacQueen (b. 1762), who married John Macdonald, the 17th Chief of Clanrannald (1765-1794), who died at the early age of 29. Their son, Ranald George MacDonald (1790-1873) 18th of Clanranald, managed to squander the family’s lands and assests in his lifetime in the gambling saloons of Edinburgh and London. He eventually sold the estates to Colonel Gordon of Cluny, infamous for his role in the Highland clearances, which effectively destroyed the clan.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Gow (Second Collection of Niel Gow’s Reels), 1788; p. 24 (3rd ed.).

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