Sir Charles Douglass (Reel)
X:1 T: Sir Charles Douglass T:St. Kelters Reel M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel B:Charles Wheatstone - Sixteen Favourite Country Dances (1806, No. 9) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Bb f|Tf>gfe (dBBd)|f>gfe (dBBd)|gbag fdBd|c>dcB AFF:| |:d|dedc (BGGB)|dedB GABc|dedc BG GA/B/|c>dcB AFF:|]
SIR CHARLES DOUGLAS. AKA - "Sir Charles Dougless," "St. Kelters Reel." English, Reel (cut time). B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Garth Notley believes the tune was composed in honor of Regency-era Scottish peer Charles Douglas, 6th Marquess of Queensbury (1777-1837) rather than the naval hero Sir Charles Douglas, 1st Baronet of Carr (1727-1789). The alternate title, "St. Kelters Reel" is a corruption of title "St. Kilda's Reel," the name of a tune that can be found in several early 19th century publications. Notley finds both "St. Kilda's Reel" and "Sir Charles Douglas's Strathspey" were danced at a ball given by the Ladies Twownhend in April, 1803, and he suspects Wheatstone's confusion of the titles may have stemmed from linking them together in reports of the Townhend dance or a similar event.