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X:1 T:Dunira Lodge M:C L:1/8 R:Strathspey S:Gow - 3rd Repository (1806) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D D|(F<A) A>B AF d>B|A>FE>D B,>E(E>G)|(D/F/A) A>B A>F d>B| AFED (A,D)D:||d|A>df>d Ad fd/f/|a>ba>f f>e e>f| A>df>d A>d fd/f/|(a/{a}g/a/)b a>=g f<d d>f|A>df>d A>d fd/f/| a>ba>f (fe) e>a/4g/4|f<a e>f d>Bd>B|A>FE>D (AD)D||

DUNIRA LODGE. Scottish, Strathspey. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by "Miss M. Stirling" (Gow). Magdalene Stirling (1765–1846) was the youngest daughter of Sir William Stirling, 4th Baronet of Ardoch, and his wife Christian Erskine. A keyboard player, her compositions were frequently published long before she issued her own small collection in 1812. The were sometimes unattributed, and sometimes credited to "Miss Stirling of Ardoch." She was a friend of Neil and Nathaniel Gow[1], and died unmarried.

Dunira Lodge, also called the estate of Dunira, is in Comrie, Perth and Kinross, Scotland. It was the Scottish home of Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville, and was set against a backdrop of mountains, hills and rich lush lowland. Dundas wrote letters from there to David Scott at the end of the 18th century and beginning of the 19th. He commissioned a house there that was built by William Stirling[2] between 1803 and 1808.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 47. Gow (Complete Repository, Part 3), 1806; p. 11. Stirling (Twelve Tunes), 1812; p. 4.

Recorded sources : - Rounder Records, Theresa Morrison – "Lake Bras d'Or" (2005).

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  1. David Baptie, Musical Scotland: Past and Present, 1894, p. 181. The spelling of 'Neil' is as it appears in the book.
  2. William Stirling (1772-1838), architect and builder, was the eldest son of James Stirling, wright and cabinetmaker, who came of a long-established Dunblane merchant family which may have had landed connections. He is not the same person as Magdelene's father, Sir William Stirling (1729-1799).