Mrs. McAdam of Craigengillan's Reel
X:1 T:Mrs. McAdam of Craigengillan’s Reel M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel B:John Riddell of Ayr – Collection of Scots Reels, Minuets &c. B:for the Violin (1782, p. 47) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G (g>ag)B GBgb|(a/g/f/e/ g)B A/A/A A2|(g>ag)B GBgb|(a/g/f/e/ g)B G/G/G G2:| |:d>BG>B dBgB|d>BGB A/A/A (AB/c/)|d>BG>B degb|(a/g/f/e/ g)B G/G/G G2:| |:gdgb gdgb|gedB A/A/A A(e/f/)|gdgb gdba|gedB G/G/G G2:| |:(d/c/B/A/ G)B dBgB|(d/c/B/A/ G)B A/A/A AB/c/|(d/c/B/A/ G)B degb|(a/g/f/e/ g)B G/G/G G2:|]
MRS. MCADAM OF CRAIGENGILLAN'S REEL. Scottish, Reel (cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD.
Now deal-ma-care about their jaw,
The senseless, gawky million.
I'll cock my nose aboon them a',
I'm roos'd by Craigengillan !"
McAdam was a friend of the Boswells of Auchinleck, Ayrshire. At one dinner at the family seat in 1762, Boswell, James Chalmers, McAdam and McAdam's nephew, the Laird of Camlarg were present. The conversation touched mainly upon subjects concerning practical agriculture, and, as Boswell recorded in his journal, he (Boswell) "exhausted all [his] little stock of country conversation [and] no other could be well understood, at least could not please, [he] was heartily wearied".
'Mrs. McAdam' of Riddell's reel title was Katherine Cunningham, daughter of Sir William Cunningham, whom she married in 1763, the year after his dinner with Boswell. Together she and John McAdam had three children. Burns referred to the McAdam girls as "loosome simmers' in his Epistle. "Writing to Dr Mackenzie from Edinburgh on 11th January 1787, Burns told him that Sir John Whitefoord's son, John: 'who calls very frequently on me, is in a fuss today like a coronation. This is the great day — The Assembly and Ball of the Caledonian Hunt — and John has had the good luck to pre-engage the hand of the beauty-famed and wealth-celebrated Miss McAdam, our Country-woman.' She was Craigengillan's daughter"
- The Burns Enclyclopedia, http://www.robertburns.org/encyclopedia/McAdamofCraigengillanJohn.599.shtml