Mrs. Mackay's Strathspey
X:1 % T:Mrs. Mackay's Strathspey M:C L:1/8 R:Strathspey B:Gow & Shepherd - Collection of entirely original strathspey, reels, marches, quicksteps etc. (1796, p. 13) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D A,<DTF>D A<DTF>D|G<dTA>F G<E E2|A,<DTF>D A<DTF>D| G<dF<d F<D D2:|d<A TF>D G<BTA>F|G<BTA>F G<E E2| D<ATF>D G<BTA>F|G>dF>d F<D D2|d<ATF>D G<BA>F| G<BTA>F G<E E2|A,<DTF>D A<DTF>D|G>dF>d F<D D2|| |:A<dTf>d a<dTf>d|g<d'Ta>f g<e e2|A<dTf>d a<dTf>d| g<d'f>d' f<d d2:|d'<aTf>d g<bTa>f|g<d'Ta>f g<e e2| d'<aTf>d g<bTa>f|g>d'f>d' f>d d2|d'<aTf>d g<bTa>f| g<ba>f g<e e2|A,<DTF>D A<DTF>D|G>dF>d F>D D2||
MRS. MACKAY'S STRATHSPEY. Scottish, Strathspey (whole time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABCCD. The tune (as "Mr. Macbean of Roaring Rivie's Strathspey") was published by the Edinburgh music publishing firm of Nathaniel Gow and William Shepherd in a volume entitled A Collection of Entirely Original Strathspey Reels, Marches, Quick Steps &c., "by Ladies resident in a remote part of the Highlands of Scotland, as corrected by Nath. Gow." Unfortunately, the composers names are not given. The Leeds antiquarian Frank Kidson (1854–1926) penciled a note in his copy of the volume that the composers were, or included, “the Misses Whyte,” and modern researcher Charles Gore thinks “the Misses Whyte” may possibly be a Miss White and a Miss Brocky, of Morayshire, east Highlands.