Mrs. Richardson Pitfour's Reel

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X:1 T:Mrs. Richardson Pitfour's Reel M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel N:The volume was dedicated to the Highland Society of Scotland B:Duncan McKercher – A Collection of Original Stathspeys and Reels (Edinburgh, c. 1830, pp. 14-15) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:A d|cAEC A,CEA|cAec aecA|dBFD B,DFB|dcBA GBEd| cAEC A,CEA|cAec fecA|dfBd ceAf|ecdB A3|| e|aecA A,CEA|cefg aecA|bfdB dBFD|B,DFB dfbg| aecA cAEC|A,CEA CEAc|EAcA GBed|cABG A2A||



MRS. RICHARDSON PITFOUR'S REEL. Scottish, Reel (cut time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Composed by Perthshire fiddler-composer Duncan McKercher, the "Dunkeld Paganini" who composed numerous melodies for the interrelated Perthshire Highland landed families. The title refers to the spouse of Sir John Stewart Richardson (1797), son of James Richardson (d. 1823), Esq., of Pitfour, Perthshire. In 1826 he married Mary (1807-1886), the daughter of James Hay, Esq., of Colliepriest, County Devonk, the "Mrs. Richardson Pitfour" of McKercher's title[1]. Sir John's sister Jemima married Archibald Butter of Faskally, another family for whom McKercher composed tunes (see "Mrs. Butter of Faskally Reel" and "Mrs. Butter of Faskally Strathspey").


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Printed sources : - Duncan McKercher (A Collection of Original Stathspeys and Reels), Edinburgh, c. 1830; pp. 14-15.






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  1. See also Nathaniel Gow's popular tune for Mary's mother, "Lady Mary Ramsay (1)."