R.O. Farquharson of Haughton

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R.O. FARQUHARSON OF HAUGHTON. Scottish, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB'. Composed by Aberdeenshire fiddler-composer Alexander Walker. The title honors gentleman agriculturalist Robert Farquharson of Haughton House, Alford, in Aberdeenshire, who in 1883 at the age of sixty married Marian, his second wife. He had two daughters by his first marriage. After seven years of what seems a happy marriage Robert died. Sarah Pederson, in her paper "Within their sphere? Women correspondents to Aberdeen daily newspapers 1900-1914" (2001) writes:

Marian remained in Scotland for the rest of her life, and had obviously fallen in love with the country. From her letters we learn of her love of Scottish song, which she believed to be ‘vastly superior to those of other parts of the kingdom’, and her opinion that ‘Scottish opera would vie powerfully with that of Italian fame’. In 1909, her nationality apparently no bar, she happily accepted the post of Honorary Vice-President of the Aberdeen Centre of the Scottish National Song Society.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Walker (A Collection of Strathspeys, Reels, Marches, &c.), 1866; No. 169, p. 58.

Recorded sources:

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