Mrs. McDowal Grant of Arndilly’s Strathspey
MRS. McDOWAL GRANT OF ARNDILLY'S STRATHSPEY. Scottish, Slow Strathspey. E Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by William Marshall (1748-1833). A Scottish fiddler and composer, Marshall is most famous for his many fine strathspeys. Marshall worked for much of his life for the Duke of Gordon as the Steward of his Household, and it is fortunate that the Duke was an enthusiastic supporter and patron of Marshall’s music. Mrs. McDowal Grant was, Eleanor Mary Grant (d. 1832), the daughter of Chief of Grant and wife of David McDowal-Grant, who lost a hand at the Battle of the Saints. She lived at Arndilly House, built on the site of the old church and glebe lands of Artentol, in the shadow of the 1,544 foot Ben Aigan (Moyra Cowie, The Life and Times of William Marshall, 1999).
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Printed sources: Marshall, Fiddlecase Edition, 1978; 1822 Collection, p. 24.