Mrs. MacInroy of Lude (3)
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MRS. MACINROY OF LUDE . AKA - "Mrs. McInroy, Lude's Reel." Scottish, Reel (cut time). E Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The MacInroys were never numerous enough to be considered a clan, but rather aligned themselves with the Dukes of Atholl and other Atholl lairds such as the Fergussons and Stewarts. Lude is an estate in the parish of Blair-Athole, near Pitlochry, Perthshire, Scotland, formerly possessed by one of the most ancient branches of the Robertsons. James Patrick MacInroy (also McInroy) (1799-1878) was a Liverpool and British Guiana sugar merchant, and a partner in Sandbach Tinne. He married Margaret Seton Lillie, and built a house at Lude (which had been purchased by his father), a 'Jacobethan' structure built 1837-1839 by William Burn on the estate purchased by James Patrick's father (also named James McInroy) in 1821.
Beatrix Potter wrote disdainfully in 1892:
It is the melancholy fact that the distinguished Mrs. McInroy came from Stockport, and Mr McInroy, in spite of his kilt, is but a mushroom laird (his father bought it from the Robertsons forty years ago, which is but a grain in the hour-glass in a country where every other chieftain in descended from Fergus MacFungus) though, for the matter of that, the kilt is rather a sign of an Englishman, or at all events town.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Duncan McKercher (A Collection of Original Stathspeys and Reels), Edinburgh, c. 1830; p. 8.