Mrs. Weymss of Cuttle Hill

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X:2 T:Mrs. Weyme’s of Cuttlehill’s Strathspey M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Strathspey Q:"Slow" C:Nathaniel Gow B:Gow – 3rd Collection of Niel Gow’s Reels, 3rd ed., p. 23 (orig. 1792) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Gmin {A}BGGG|(DG)GG|BGGB|d2 (d/e/d/c/)|BGTG>F|DG TGA/B/| AFFA|c2 (d/c/)B/A/:||TB>cdd|{^f}gddd|TB>cdd|Tg>a {g/a/}b2| (B/A/B/c/) (d/c/d/=e/)|fc Tc>B|AFFA|c2 (d/c/B/A/)|B>cdd|{^f}gddd| (B/A/B/).c/ dd|gdg>(a|b>)(g a>)(^f|g>)(d=f>)c|AFFA|c2 (d/c/).B/.A/||



MRS. WEYME/WEMYSS OF CUTTLEHILL. AKA and see "Lochgary's." Scottish, Slow Strathspey. G Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by Nathaniel Gow (1763-1831). James Manson, editor of Hamilton's Universal Tune Book, vol. 2 (1853), says: "The modern song of “St. Patrick was a Gentleman” is sung to the above air." Wemyss is a well-known name in Fife and there is a Wemyss Clan. The person of Gow's title was the wife of William Wemyss (pronounced ‘Weems’), laird of Cuttlehill, a mansion in Aberdour parish, Fife. Wemyss was a Deputy Lieutenant of the county. In 1790 he married Eleanora Jean Horn Elphinstone Dalrymple in Edinburgh Parish. Eleanora was the daughter of Robert Horn Elphinstone Dalrymple General who seems to had both wealth and political influence. The couple had eight children.

A version of the tune was published a year after the Gows in Anderson's second volume of 1793 as "Lochgary's." See also the similar, perhaps cognate "Alasdair MacAlister."


Additional notes



Printed sources : - Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 193. Gow (Third Collection of Niel Gow’s Reels), 1792; p. 23 (3rd ed.). Manson (Hamilton's Universal Tune Book, vol. 2), 1853; p. 64. Sutherland (Edinburgh Repository of Music), 1818; p. 97.



See also listing at :
See Paul Stewart Cranford's Cape Breton setting of the tune at Cranford Publications [1]



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