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X:1 T:Sir John Stewart of Grandtully’s Strathspey [1] M:C L:1/8 R:Strathspey B:Aird – Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 4 (1796, No. 148, p. 56) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K: G d|BGGd B/c/d/B/ Gd|gd B/c/d/B/ cAAd|BG-Gd B/c/d/B/ Gd|g2 b/a/g/f/ gGG:|| d|g2 b/a/g/f/ gefd|f/g/a g/a/b aee>f|g2 b/a/g aefd|ged>c BG-G>d| g2 b/a/g/f/ gefd|f/g/a g/a/b aee>f|b/a/g a/g/e g/e/d e/d/c|B/c/d/B/ A/B/c/A/ BGG||

SIR JOHN STEWART OF GRANTULLY [1]. Scottish, Slow Strathspey (whole time). F Major (most versions): G Major (Aird). Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Sir John Stewart was the 3rd Baronett of Grantully, married to Lady Jane Douglas, and was laird of Grantully (or Grandtully) castle at the time of the Jacobite rising of 1715. A believer, he entertained the Pretender at his house in Dundee. Unfortunately for him, the Rising was unsuccessful, and the laird was fined £10,000 by the government. His successor, also named John (d. 1797), was canny and learned from his sire’s past mistakes and, whatever his sympathies, arranged to be out of the country in 1745 when Bonnie Prince Charlie tried for the throne, although the Prince recruited a company from his lands. There were several tunes by Scottish composers of the period named for the family of John, the 4th Baronett, including the Clementina Stewart tunes (the name of both his wife and a daughter). The name Grantully derives from the Gaelic garan-tulach, 'the hill of the thicket'. The castle of Grantully was a fine old baronial mansion in Dull parish, central Perthshire, dating from 1560.

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Printed sources : - Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 4), 1796; No. 148, p. 56. Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 217. Gow (The First Collection of Niel Gow’s Reels), 1784 (revised 1801); p. 32. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 245.

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