Cameron’s Got His Wife Again strathspey

Also known as Cameron Got His Wife Again, Cameron’s Highland Fling, John Cameron Has Lizzie Steel Again His Wife.

There are 11 recordings of this tune.

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Cameron’s Got His Wife Again has been added to 4 tune sets.

Cameron's Got His Wife Again has been added to 36 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: Cameron's Got His Wife Again
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A|{c}d>B A>F A/A/A AB/c/|d>B A>F E4|
{c}d>B A>F A>g f>e|d>B A<F D3:|
f>d f<a e>g f>e|f>d f<a B2- B>g|
f>d f<a e>g f>e|1 d>B A<F D3g:|2 d>B A<F D4||
2
X: 2
T: Cameron's Got His Wife Again
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
(3ABc|d>B A<F A/A/A (3ABc|d>B A<F E/E/E (3ABc|d>B A<F A>g f>e|d>B A>F D/D/D:|
D>g|f>d f<a e>g f>e|f>d f<a B/B/B (3Bag|f>d f<a e>g f>e|d>B A>F D/D/D D>g|
f>d f<a e>g f>e|f>d f<a B/B/B Bz|d/e/f/g/ a>f e>g f>e|d>B A>F D/D/D|]

Ten comments

Cameron’s Got His Wife Again

This 18c strathspey is the original version of "Gullane" which I posted yesterday. The source is John Chambers’ collection.
Trevor

sounds good if you make any notes longer than a crochet into triplets!

"The Gullane Polka"

Submitted on October 1st 2003 by lazyhound.
https://thesession.org/tunes/2024

"This tune, Gullane, is not the same as ‘The Gullane’ already posted on this site, and is derived from (this) 18c strathspey ‘Cameron’s Got His Wife Again’ ~ ."
~ Trevor, alias ‘lazyhound’

There is a variation on the second B part thus:
X: 1
T: Cameron’s Got his Wife Again
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
Q: 1/4=172
K: D
(3ABc|d>B A<F A/A/A (3ABc|d>B A<F E/E/E (3ABc|d>B A<F A>g f>e|d>B A>F D/D/D:|
D>g|f>d f<a e>g f>e|f>d f<a B/B/B (3Bag|f>d f<a e>g f>e|d>B A>F D/D/D D>g|
f>d f<a e>g f>e|f>d f<a B/B/B Bz|d/e/f/g/ a>f e>g f>e|d>B A>F D/D/D|]

Re: Cameron’s Got His Wife Again

I always wondered about the name of this tune. What happened to Cameron’s wife, I wonder, before she came back again!

Re: Cameron’s Got His Wife Again

Scottish fiddler Iain Fraser published an "older version" which "was found in a handwritten copybook by a Mr William Cowie dating back to circa 1800". That setting seems to have been called "John Cameron has Lizzie Steel Again his Wife" - which fills in some details, but doesn’t tell the whole story.

One scenario: he was a bit of a brute, learned behaviour from his father and his father’s father. Lizzie was a spirited lass, and wasn’t going to put up with his verbal abuse and neglect. With Lizzie gone, John saw the error of his ways and resolved to be his own man, a better man. He sent Lizzie tender epistles expressing sorrow and remorse, with such poesy and entreatment that her heart melted and she returned, to live happily ever after with John and their seventeen children.

Re: Cameron’s Got His Wife Again

That’s so good, Nigel, that it should be true (even if it isn’t).

Re: Cameron’s Got His Wife Again

Haha, I love that!

Re: Cameron’s Got His Wife Again

I guess my initial thought on the title was that Cameron’s wife ran away with another man, then somehow saw the error of her ways and came back. But I definitely prefer Nigel’s story!