Lord Dalhousie reel

Also known as Miss Brown’s, Miss Stewart O’ Foss.

There are 2 recordings of a tune by this name.

Lord Dalhousie has been added to 5 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Lord Dalhousie
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|A|{c}d2(fd) (3AAA (fd)|(eg)~fe {c}dBBc|d2(fd) eg~fe|{c}dBAF (3DDD D:|
|B|ADFA ~B2(B{c}d)|ABFA BEEB|ADFA Bc{c}dA|BdAF (3DDD (DB)|
|ADFA ~B2(Bd)|ABFA BEEB|AFGA Bc{c}de|fdef (3ddd [dF]|]
X: 2
T: Lord Dalhousie
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A | d2fd Adfd|(3efg fe dBBd|d2fd (3efg fe|dBAF D2D2:|
|AGFA BABd|AGFA B2EE|AGFA dgfe|dBAF (3DDD D2:|

Five comments

Lord Dalhousie

Nice sounding reel named for one Lord or another of Dalhousie castle in Midlothian, Scotland. The traditional seat of the Ramsay clan. One of that family, James Ramsay, 1st Marquess of Dalhousie was largely responsible for bringing India it’s railway system built in the 1850s.

This setting comes from the Athole Collection. It indicates that the tune can be found in earlier collections by J. Lowe and G. Cameron from 1844 and 1854 respectively as well as in Kerr’s Vol. 4 from 1870.

That’s a great tune — I like how it goes from B minor to E minor in the second part. The High Reel goes well with it.

Lord Dalhousie/High Reel

Thanks for that one Larry, I’ve been experimenting with putting tunes together with little prior experience. It’s been hit or miss and mostly misses!

"One of that family, James Ramsay, 1st Marquess of Dalhousie was largely responsible for bringing India it’s railway system built in the 1850s. "

That’s one of his good contributions to India’s history.

He was somewhat authoritarian and caused much unrest - a rebellion, no doubt.

I have transcribed this version entitled ‘Miss Brown’s Reel’ from a fiddle manuscript written by Francis Reynolds of Gaigue, Ballinamuck, Co, Longford c.1885.