Marchioness Of Huntly
This is the version from Kerr’s Merry Melodies. The versions played by Angus Cameron and Duncan Davidson are close to this. The version in Marshall’s Scottish Melodies is in Bb, with a note that "when danced, may be played in A three sharps." I’ll post the Bb setting next.
Composer: William Marshall.
The Marchioness of Huntly
Looking at ‘The Life and Times of William Marshall’ by Moyra Cowie (Elgin 1999), it says the the Marchioness was "Elizabeth Brodie of Arnhall, later 5th Duchess of Gordon. As Marshall’s patron she was instrumental in the publication of [his 1822 Collection], and was a great help to Marshall…She was an accomplished musician and loved to play traditional Scottish music…"
When the 1822 collection was published, the Marchioness took 700 copies which must have helped Marshall enormously! She was also the subject of a number of other tunes, by Marshall (a jig and a slow air) and by other composers such as Peter Milne and Donald Grant.
The tune pops up in Surenne’s ‘Dance Music of Scotland’ (1851) under the title "Miss Grieve of Howdan" with no attribution. There it’s in the key of D, and I’ve also seen it elsewhere in D (about which in the 1930s J Murdoch Henderson was unimpressed!), which brings it into the range of the whistle.
Interesting! I wonder where the Surenne version came from. That piercing third-octave D on a whistle is…"intense?"