Mrs. Stewart Frenich of Foss

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MRS. STEWART FRENICH OF FOSS. AKA and see "Mrs. Bell's Strathspey." Scottish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Composed by Malcolm MacDonald, this tune first appears in his Collection of Strathspey Reels, vol. 1, dedicated to Mrs. Baird of Newbyth. The melody, set as a strathspey ("Mrs. Bell's Strathspey") appears in James Aird's Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 5 (1801).

In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland [1] described Foss like this:

Foss, a hamlet and a quoad sacra parish in Dull parish, Perthshire. The hamlet stands near the right bank of the river Tummel, 1½ mile WSW of the head of Loch Tummel, and 12 miles W of its post-town, Pitlochry. It has a fair on the second Tuesday of March, old style. Foss House, ¾ mile nearer the loch, is a seat of Sir Robert Menzies, Bart. of Castle-Menzies. The parish, constituted by ecclesiastical authority in 1830, by civil authority in 1845, is in the presbytery of Weem and synod of Perth and Stirling; its minister's stipend is £120. Pop. (1871) 270, (1881) 226.—Ord. Sur., sh. 55,1869.


Source for notated version:

Printed sources: MacDonald (Collection of Strathspey Reels, vol. 1), c. 1788; p. 12.

Recorded sources:




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