Sir Alexander Don (1)
X:1 T:Sir Alexander Don  M:C L:1/8 R:Strathspey S:MacDonald – Skye Collection (1887) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:F c/B/|AFF>A Bdd>B|Acc>A BGGc/B/|AFF>A BddB|c>f e/f/g/e/ fFF c/B/| AFF>A Bdd>B|AccA BGGc/B/|AFF>A BddB |c>f e/f/g/e/ fFF|| c|f<ag<a f2 cB|AF (d/c/)B/A/ BGGc|f<ag<a f<a c>A|BG c>B AFFc| f<ag<a f2 cB|AF (d/c/)B/A/ BGGc|f<ag<a f<a c>A| B<G c>B AFF||
SIR ALEXANDER DON . AKA and see "Mr. Don's Strathspey." Scottish, Strathspey (whole time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The strathspey first appears on a single sheet (5 tunes) printed in Edinburgh in 1803 by Gow and Shepherd, with composer credits to 'Major Logan'. The attribution refers to Major William Logan of Ayr, a well-respected gentleman-fiddler (see “Major Logan's Frolic” for more). See note for "Auld Lang Syne,” for which this tune bears similarities.
The melody “Caledonian Hunt (1) (The)” was composed by Alexander Don, who, along with other gentry, formed the Caledonian Hunt society whose annual ball was the event of the year among the Scottish aristocracy of his era. Sir Alexander even presented Nathaniel Gow (whose band often provided the music for the ball) with a valuable Italian violin, in admiration of Gow’s music. Variation sets for “Miss Ketty Hall” are also attributed to him (and Nisbet of Dirleton).