Colonel W. Marshall of the 79th Regiment of Foot
COLONEL W. MARSHALL OF THE 79th REGIMENT OF FOOT. Scottish, Strathspey. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Composed by William Marshall (1748-1833). The 'Colonel' the composer names in the title was his third (and only surviving) son, also named William, who served in the Napoleonic Wars and lost his right arm at the battle of Quatre Bras, just prior to Waterloo. He retired to live in the house built by his father, Newfield, and was remembered as a popular figure in the district of Aberlour/Craigellachie in his later years (Cowie, The Life and Times of William Marshall, 1999). It was he who honored his father with a gravestone in Bellie Cemetery, Fochabers. The Colonel's regiment, the 79th Regiment of Foot was also known as The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, and although a Scottish regiment it usually had a number of Englishman in it at any one time (Farwell, 1981).
Printed source: Marshall, Fiddlecase Edition, 1978; 1845 Collection; p. 14.
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