Mrs. Robertson of Ladykirk’s Favorite

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X:1 T:Mrs. Robertson of Ladykirk’s Favorite M:C L:1/8 R:Strathspey Q:"Slow" C:John Gow (1764-1826) B:Gow – Fifth Collection of Strathspey Reels (1809) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Dmin D/E/|(F4 {F/G/}A3)G|(GF) EF D2 FE|(DF) Ad (cB A)G|F2 ~(FG/A/) C2 FE| D2 [D2f2]-[^C2E2] [A,2G2]|[A,2F2] [^C2B2] [D4A4]|d3c/B/ (A/G/)(F/E/) (D/^C/)(A,/G/)|F2D2 D3:| |d|A(d^cd) Tf3e|A(d^cd) {fg}a3g|Tf3 e d(f/e/) (g/f/)e/d/|(eg)(=bc') c2 fe| A(d^cd) Tf3e|A(d^cd) {d}Tf3e|A(d^cd)a2a|d'3c' {c'}(b>a) {a}g>f|{f}e2d [F3d3] d| A(d^cd) {de}f3d|A(d^cd) {fg}a3g|Tf3e d(f/e/) (g/f/)(e/d/)|(eg) (=bc') c2 fe| (def)d (efg)e|(fg)(ab) a3 (3Adf|a3 g/f/ (e/d/c/B/ A/G/F/E/)|F2D2 D3||

MRS. ROBERTSON OF LADYKIRK'S FAVORITE. Scottish, Slow Strathspey. D Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by John Gow (1764-1826), fourth and last son of Niel Gow, and a partner in a London publishing firm along with his older brother Andrew. They were also the English distributors of Nathaniel Gow’s music publications. The Robertsons of Ladykirk, near Coldstream, Berwickshire, close by the River Tweed, were Scotland’s first breeders of Shorthorned cattle. Mrs. Robertson of Ladykirk is the composer of “Miss Johnston (1)” AKA “Miss Johnson of Houghton Hall". The melody was first published by Gow and Shepherd (Edinburgh) in 1802, with “Miss Baird of Saughton Hall (1)” (Miss Baird also composed a tune). See also the strathspey John’s brother Nathaniel composed for her husband, “Mr. Robertson of Ladykirk’s Strathspey.” David Robertson of Ladykirk, was Master of the Berwickshire Hunt from 1840-1848, although he was not by blood a Robertson, only assuming the name after he inherited the family estates through marriage.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 191. Gow (Fifth Collection of Strathspey Reels), 1809; p. 13.

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