CROUGHLY. Scottish, Strathspey. D Minor. Standard tuning. AAB. Composed by William Marshall (1748-1833). Croughly is an old farmhouse with parts that date from 1560, with later additions in 1760; it is a farmhouse to the present day, although combined with a bed and breakfast lodging. Moyra Cowie (The Life and Times of William Marshall, 1999) says the house was occupied in Marshall's day by James Gordon of Croughly (1726-1812). He had six sons and fourteen grandsons who entered military service, serving through the Victorian era, one, William Alexander Gordon (1769-1856) attaining the rank of Major General.
Croughly was the site of an illicit still, Cowie continues, the ancestor of the famous Glenlivet Label. The still became a distillery founded by Robert Gordon at Knoc of Croughly, who, after a dispute with the duke's factor in 1843 moved the enterprise to Delnabo near Tomintoul, and finally to Minmore.
Printed sources: Marshall, Fiddlecase Edition, 1978; 1822 Collection, p. 54. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 242.
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