Mrs. Moray of Abercairny (1)

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MRS. MORAY OF ABERCAIRNIE/ABERCARNEY [1]. Scottish, Strathspey. D Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Surenne): AAB (most versions). A double tonic tune composed by Niel Gow (1727-1807). Mrs. Moray was Lady Christian Montgomery, the daughter of Alexander, 9th Earl of Eglinton, and the wife of James Moray of Abercairney (1705-1777). She bore her husband six children. The family was well known by and much admired by Gow--see his exceptional elegiac air “Lamentation for James Moray of Abercarney.”

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 188. Glen (The Glen Collection of Scottish Dance Music), vol. 2, 1895; p. 11. Gow (First Collection of Strathspey Reels), 1784 (revised 1801); p. 5. MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 60. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 118. Surenne (Dance Music of Scotland), 1852; pp. 134-135.

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