The Honourable Miss Drummond Of Perth’s Delight jig

Also known as The Honorable Miss Drummond Of Perth’s Delight.

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X: 1
T: The Honourable Miss Drummond Of Perth's Delight
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
E|AAA A2 c/d/|e>fe ecA|FBB B2 B/c/|d>ed/c/ BGE|
AAA A2 c/d/|e>fe ecA|Fdc BAG|AAA A2:|
c/d/|efg a2 g|fed cBA|dfe/d/ ced/c/|
dFc/B/ A/G/FE|efg a>ba/g/|fed cBA|
Fdc BGE|AAA A2:|

Eight comments

Re: The Hon. Miss Drummond Of Perth’s Delight

Perhaps you could tell us where you got this tune, Susan?

Re: The Hon. Miss Drummond Of Perth’s Delight

I can’t remember where I found the tune. Possibly from a Scottish music book from Kirkwall Library I copied on manuscript paper. However after posting it on thesession I looked for it at abcnotation and it was there with reference made underneath to Traditional Tune Archive which says it comes from Malcolm MacDonald of Dunkeld’s 3rd Collection (c1792), dedicated to Miss Drummond of Perth. She had links with the Gow family too.

Re: The Hon. Miss Drummond Of Perth’s Delight

Edit - tied notes now put in (omitted at first as I didn’t know how).

Re: The Hon. Miss Drummond Of Perth’s Delight

You would do better to use a “>” symbol which does what you want it to do, but in a more elegant manner. So the first couple of bars would be: E | AAA A2 c/d/ | e>fe ecA |.

Re: The Hon. Miss Drummond Of Perth’s Delight

This has a really Irish sound to it. Miss Drummond delighted in it, but I wonder where the tune came from originally? She goes with a very nice swing.

Re: The Honourable Miss Drummond Of Perth’s Delight

You can find at least 3 tunes given the name of Miss Drummond on The Session, did she commission them or just agree to them being given her name? Maybe some would be interested in the following information about the lady from The Traditional Tune Archive. (Sorry I do not know how to do links to websites). On The Session are “Miss Drummond of Perth’s Favourite Scots Measure”, definitely a courtly dance you’d say, but very good to play, Miss Sarah Drummond of Perth, strathspey, and this one. It appears there were two(?) Miss Drummonds of Perth from the following para. from Trad. Tune Archive:-

“The Drummonds were a noble family of Niel Gow’s home county of Perthshire, loyal to the Jacobite cause for which several of the family died for or were exiled. (Clementina) Sarah Drummond (1786-1865) was the only surviving child and heir of James Drummond (d. 1800), the first Lord Perth, and Clementina Elphinstone (d. 1822, see “Honorable Miss Drummond of Perth”), Lady Drummond, from whom she inherited an extensive fortune and vast Perthshire estates. In 1807 she married Peter Robert Burrell, Lord Gwydyr, Lord Willoughby of Eresby, a great dandy of the day. Upon their marriage he joined his wife’s family name to his, upon the insistence of his father-in-law. Burrell’s parents were also gentry; he inherited the title Lord Gwydyr in 1820 on the death of his father, and Lord Willoughby de Eresby in 1828 (21st of the line), when his mother died. Thus Clementina became Lady Willoughby de Eresby. The couple resided at Drummond Castle, where the gardens (now one of the finest in Scotland) were reshaped into a vast formal parterre in the 1840’s for Sarah. Queen Victoria planted copper beech trees when she visited the castle in 1842.

Clementina was a patroness of Almack’s assembly rooms, but was considered “to be the highest stickler and overly grand,” along with Lady Castlereagh. In fact, she is often featured as a prime villainess in modern Regency-setting romance novels. Balls were held at Almack’s every Wednesday night during the Season. Admittance was tightly controlled by a social elite of women, patronesses, that, in 1814 (according to a report by Captain Gronow), included Lady Castlereagh, Lady Jersey, Lady Cowper, Lady Sefton, Mrs. Drummond-Burrell, Princess Esterhazy and Countess Lieven. A rejected application for a season pass to Almacks was cause for social ruin, and the cabal of patronesses made sure that the merchant and pretending classes were kept well away. Curiously, money was not a prime dictator of acceptance, but rather manners, breeding and rank were the desired elements in an applicant.

There were other tunes composed for Sarah Drummond: see “Miss Clementina Sarah Drummond of Perth.”

Not strictly a comment on this tune but a nice piece of social history I think. “Drummond Castle” is another lovely tune (castle and its gardens referred to above!).

Re: The Honourable Miss Drummond Of Perth’s Delight

A great tune, sounds rather Irish to me.