Mrs. Ramsay of Barnton (2)

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X:1 T:Mrs. Ramsay of Barnton’s Strathspey M:C| L:1/8 R:Strathspey B:MacIntyre – Collection of Slow Airs, Reels & Strathspeys (1794) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:F#min F>GA>B c<f f2|{^d}e>cB>A G<EE<G|F>GA>B c<ff>g| {g}a>fc>^e f/f/f f>g|{g}a>fg>^e f<cc<^d|{d}e>cB>A G<EE<G| F<AG<B A<cf<a|g>eb>g af f||{g}a>fg>^e f<cc<^d|e>cB>A G<EE<g| a>fg^e f<cc>f|c>f^e>g f/f/f f>g|{g}a>fc<a g^ef^d| {d}e>cB<g G<EB<G|F<AG<B A<cf<a|g>eb>g aff||



MRS. RAMSAY OF BARNTON [2]. AKA - "Mrs. Ramsay of Barnton's Strathspey." AKA and see "Anne's Polka," "Captain Moonlight's Polka," "Downy's Polka," "John with the Light Brown Hair," "Port Dálaig (4)," “Riding on a Load of Hay," "Séamus Cussen's (1)," "Tim Guiheen's Polka.” Scottish, Strathspey. E Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Stewart-Robertson): AAB (Kerr). The strathspey was composed by Scottish dancing master and musician Duncan MacIntyre (c. 1767-1807), who established a practice in Edinburgh, but who moved to London in the 1790's. It was in the English city that he published his 1794 collection, dedicated to Lady Charlotte Campbell. "Mrs. Ramsay..." is similar in many ways to "Belladrum's Strathspey." The melody appears set as a march in Frank Roche's Collection of Traditional Irish Music, vol. 2 (1912), and as a polka under a variety of titles (see "Riding on a Load of Hay"). See also the Cape Breton/P.E.I. tune "Charlie's Brother" AKA "Little Jack's Reel," which has 'borrowed' the first stain of "Mrs. Ramsay."

For more on the person(s) of the title, see note for "Mrs. Ramsay of Barnton (1)."


Additional notes



Printed sources : - Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 1), c. 1880; No. 5, p. 18 (appears as “Mrs. Ramsay”).

MacIntyre (A Collection of Slow Airs, Reels and Strathspeys), 1794; p. 15.

Scottish Country Dance Book, Book 20, 1959. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 258.



See also listing at :
Alan Snyder’s Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index [1]
Jane Keefer’s Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]
Alan Ng’s Irishtune.info [3]



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