“Miss McPherson Grant Of Ballindalloch”
The devil made me do this, as it is more usually known in A, but I have faith ‘someone’ will add an A take on this. If it doesn’t happen ~ "I’ll be back!" ;-) I also expect that the person I have in mind will also add some relevant comment with their A transcription for this, or at least I hope so. So I’m keeping the words I donate to this submission - at a minimum, for now anyway.
Miss McPherson Grant’s Jig - of Ballindalloch
Composed by William Marshall (1748-1833) and published in his 1822 collection. There’s very often a lot in a Marshall jig, and this is no exception; to say it’s a typical Marshall jig takes nothing away from its inventiveness. Ballindalloch Castle, their website tells us, has been the home of the Macpherson-Grants since 1546.
"Ballindalloch Castle, their website tells us, has been the home of the Macpherson-Grants since 1546."
They do indeed, but it is misleading. It was the Grants who held Ballindalloch. It was Grace Grant, daughter of William and Anne, who married George MacPherson of Invereshie, thus bringing in the MacPhersons. However, the name "MacPherson-Grant" came about when George MacPherson (grandson of the aforementioned "George MacPherson of Invereshie") inherited the Ballindalloch estate in 1803. George MacPherson-Grant married Mary Carnegie (or Carnegy) not long before inheriting the estate, but they didn’t have a daughter. The "Miss MacPherson -Grant" is therefore not easy to identify. George’s sister Isabella Agnes is a possible candidate, but she had also married and become a "Carnegy" before George had inherited the estate. There is a strathspey dedicated to an "Isabella", which does point to the same person. It’s also possible that there was a daughter of George who went unrecorded in the peerage lists (not impossible in those days when the male members of the family were considered the "important" ones).
"Grace Grant" had daughters - Isabel, Anne, Jean and Magdalene, all aunts of George MacPherson-Grant. They went under the name of MacPherson, but there might have been some unofficial grouping of the two surnames - even though they were not resident (as far as I can gather) at Ballindalloch.
The two I was hoping for :-) ~ as always, thanks, much appreciated…
X: 3 ~ “Miss McPherson Grant’s Jig - of Ballindalloch” ~ more history, 1822
B: "Marshall’s Scottish Airs, Melodies ~ Volume 1st", William Marshall, 1822, page 21