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MRS. FULLARTON OF ROSEMOUNT. Scottish, Reel (cut time). E Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. John Glen (1891) finds the earliest printing of this tune in Ayrshire fiddler-composer John Riddell's 1766 first collection (p. 48, issued in Edinburgh my music publisher Robert Bremner.

Patrick Fullarton purchased the lands of Goldring, later called Rosemount, about four miles north-east of Ayr, in 1738. His eldest son and heir to the estate was Dr. William Fullerton (1737-1805) of Rosemount, a surgeon who served in India. Upon his return, circa 1770, he rebuilt the mansion-house at Rosemount, and improved the cultivation of the land, ornamenting the grounds with the belts of plantings that are apparent today. Boswell tried to buy some land from him in 1778. Andrew Wight observed in his Present State of Husbandry in Scotland (1778):

The enclosures of Mr. Fullarton of Rosemount with ditch and hedge engaged my attention, being done in a better manner than most in that country; a large ditch opened, the thorns properly planted back from the ditch, with the best of the soil about the roots, the rest of what is taken out of the ditch thrown backward to form the bank. Quicks so planted cannot fail to prosper.

Dr. William married Annabella, third daughter of Ronald Craufurd, W.S., or Restalrig, but the couple had no children. He died in 1805.

Annabella Fullarton, nee Craufurd, is the presumed "Mrs. Fullarton of Rosemount" of Riddell's title.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Riddell (Collection of Scots Reels, Minuets, &c.), 1782; p. 48.

Recorded sources:




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