Countess of Cassillis (1)

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 Theme code Index    1113 115L2L
 Also known as    Countess of Cassillis's Strathspey
 Composer/Core Source    Nathaniel Gow
 Region    Scotland
 Genre/Style    Scottish
 Meter/Rhythm    Strathspey
 Key/Tonic of    A
 Accidental    3 sharps
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    4/4
 Structure    AAB
 Editor/Compiler    Biography:Niel & Nathaniel Gow
 Book/Manuscript title    Book:Fourth Collection of Niel Gow's Reels
 Tune and/or Page number    p. 2
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1800
 Title of recording    
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COUNTESS OF CASSILLIS [1]. Scottish, Strathspey. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by Nathaniel Gow (1766-1831). The ballad "Johnnie Faa" tells of the abduction of the Countess of Cassillis by the gypsy chieftain Faa, and his subsequent execution by the enraged Earl. She was then imprisoned for the remainder of her life in Cassilis Castle, Maybole, Ayrshire. The Countess of Cassillis in Gow's time was Margaret (1772-1848), daughter and heiress of John Erskine, who married Archibald Kennedy, the 12th Earl of Cassillis, in 1793. They had six children, all of whom survived to adulthood. She also became the Marchioness of Ailsa in 1831, after her husband was raised Marquess.

Printed sources: Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 29. Gow (Fourth Collection of Niel Gow's Reels), 2nd ed., originally 1800; p. 2. Köhlers’ Violin Repository, Book 2, 1881-1885, p. 122.

T:Countess of Cassillis's Strathspey [1]
B:Gow - Fourth Collection of Niel Gow's Reels (1800)
Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion
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