Sir John Maxwell's Strathspey

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X:1 % T:Sir John Maxwell's Strathspey M:C L:1/8 R:Strathspey B:Joshua Campbell – A Collection of New Reels & Highland Strathspeys (Glasgow, 1789, p. 25) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D B,|T(A,>B,)(D>E) T(F>E)(F>A)|B>d (B/A/G/F/) TF<(EE>)F|T(A,>B,)(D>E) T(F>E)(F>A)| (B/d/c/d/) (A/d/c/d/) TF>(DD):|c|c>dfd e>fdA|B>dA>d TF>(EE>)c|d>efd (e>f)(d>A)| B>dA>d TF<(DD>)c|d>efd e>fa>b|a>fe>d T(c/B/c/d/) e>f| {c}(d>A)B>F {F}A>EF>D|A,>B,D>E TF>(DD)::B,|(A,B,/C/) (D/C/D/E/) (F/E/F/G/) (A/d/c/d/)| (B/A/d/c/) (B/A/G/F/) F<(EE>)F|(D/A,/B,/C/) (D/C/D/E/) (F/E/F/G/) (A/d/c/d/)|(B/d/c/e/) (d/f/)(A/G/) TF>(DD):| c|(d>e) T(f/e/f/d/) (e>f) (d/c/d/A/)|(B/d/c/d/) (A/d/c/d/) TF<EE>c|(d/e/f/g) (a/f/e/d/) (e/f/)(c/e/) (d/c/B/A/)| (B/d/c/d/) {B}(A/G/F/E/) F>(DD)c|d>efd (e/d/e/f/) (g/f/g/b/)| (a/g/f/e/) (g/f/e/d/) Tc>def|{c}d>A T(B/A/B/F/) {F}A>E T(F/E/F/D/)|A,>B,D>E TF>DD||




SIR JOHN MAXWELL'S STRATHSPEY. Scottish, Strathspey (whole time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDE. John Glen (1891) finds the earliest appearance of the tune in print in Joshua Campbell's 1778 collection (p. 74), reprinted in his 1789 collection. There are a couple of Sir John Maxwell's to choose from. One Sir John Maxwell's name heads the subscription list for the construction of the Glasgow Assembly Hall, built in 1762 (the only 'gentleman's' name on the list). Another Sir John Maxwell, 7th Baronet, of Pollock (1768-1844), likely the person honored in the tune title, was a Member of Parliament for Paisley from 1832-1834. Pollok is an area south west of Glasgow, near Paisley. Sir John succeeded his father James to the Barony in 1785 and resided at Pollok House, a Georgian mansion built on ground that had been occupied by three earlier castles held by the Maxwells for 500 years.

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Printed sources : - Joshua Campbell (A Collection of New Reels & Highland Strathspeys); Glasgow, 1789; p. 25.

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