Mrs. McLeod of Colbeck

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X:1 T:Mrs. McLeod of Colbeck M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel S:Glen Collection, vol. 2 (1895) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:F C | F/F/F FA cAdB | Acfa gGGA | F/F/F FA cAdB | AcGB AFF :| b | agfc dfcA | BdcA BGGb | agfc dfAf | d/e/f g/a/b affg | agfc dbca | BgAf gGGB | Acfa gcdf | BdGB AF[A,F] ||



MRS. McLEOD OF COLBECK. Scottish, Reel (cut time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by Charles Stewart, a dancing master and fiddler-composer active in Edinburgh from the last decade of the 18th century. He was Edinburgh dancing teacher David Strange's assistant in 1802, and by the end of 1803 was describing himself as Strange's successor. He taught classes, gave an annual ball, and by 1805 advertised his First Book of Minuets, High Dances, Cottillions, etc, etc, as used by his late master, Mr Strange. Stewart was leader and repetiteur of Edinburgh's Theatre Royal Orchestra. He suffered ill-health from c.1811 (a benefit ball was held in 1812) and died in 1818. The title of his reel possibly refers to Jane, or Jean, daughter of John MacLeod of Raasay, who, in 1782, married her first cousin John MacLeod (Jr.), son of John MacLeod, 1st. of Colbecks. The MacLeod family made their fortune as planters in Jamaica, where they had an estate called Colbecks. John MacLeod (Jr.) became a Colonel of the MacLeod Fencibles.


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Printed sources : - Glen (The Glen Collection of Scottish Dance Music, vol. 2), 1895; p. 22.






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