Miss Admiral Gordon’s strathspey

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Miss Admiral Gordon's has been added to 23 tunebooks.

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Three settings

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X: 1
T: Miss Admiral Gordon's
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|:G/G/G G>G G>D G<e|d<BA>G E2 E>D|G/G/G G>G G>D G<e|d>e g<B d2 de|
d>e g<B d<BA>G|A>B c/B/A/G/ E2 E>D|G/G/G G>G G>D G<e|d<B A>B G2 G D:|
|:B>d g>d e>d g>d|B>d c/B/A/G/ E2 ED|B>d g>d e>d g>d|B>c d/e/f/g/ d2 de|
g>fe>d e>dc>B|AB c/B/A/G/ E2 E>D|G/G/G G>G G>D G<e|d<B A>B G2 G D:|
2
X: 2
T: Miss Admiral Gordon's
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|:G2 G2 G>D G<e|d<BA>G E2 E>D|G2 G2 G>D G<e|d>e g<B d2 de|
d>e g<B d<BA>G|A>B c/B/A/G/ E2 E>D|G2 G2 G>D G<e|d<B A>B G2 G D:|
|:B>dg<d e<dg<d|B>d c/B/A/G/ E2 ED|B>dg<d e<dg<d|B>c d/e/f/g/ d2 de|
g>fe>d e<dc>B|AB c/B/A/G/ E2 E>D|G2 G2 G>D G<e|d<B A>B G2 G D:|
# Added by JACKB .
3
X: 3
T: Miss Admiral Gordon's
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
E|A/A/A A<A A>E A<f|e<cB>A F2 F>E|A/A/A AA A>E A<f|e>f a<c e2 e>f|
e>f a<c e<cB>A|B>c d/c/B/A/ F2 FE|A/A/A AA A>E A<f|e<c B>c A2 A E||
C>E A>E F>E A>E|c>e d/c/B/A/ F2 FE|C>E A>E F>E A>E|c>d e/f/g/a/ e2 e>f|
a>gf>e f>ed>c|B>c d/c/B/A/ F2 FE|A/A/A AA A>E A<f|e<c B>c A2 A||

Ten comments

This is following rougly Liam O’Flynn’s version

Am I right in thinking that this is the original tune to the well-known Scottish emigrant song "Scarborough Settler’s Lament?

I have listened to Liam’s original again, I thik the first and third bar of the b-Part should be more something like:
| B>d g>d e>d g>d |

Re: Miss Admiral Gordon’s Strathspey

Miss Admiral Gordon’s Strathspey
( Of All the Airts the Wind Can Blaw )

From the ‘Glen collection of printed music:
http://digital.nls.uk/special-collections-of-printed-music/pageturner.cfm?id=90234348

Composed by William Marshall (1748–1833)

Traditional Scottish tune
https://www.flutetunes.com/tunes.php?id=1322

"This is one of the first composed and most famous tunes by Scots fiddler William Marshall.
It was written around 1775 in honor of Margaret Gordon, daughter of Admiral William Gordon.
“Miss Admiral Gordon” was first published in Marshall’s Strathspey Reels, in 1781.
Its popularity is due in part to the fact that Robert Burns wrote one of his best songs to it, which begins:
“Of a’ the airts the wind can blaw”. ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RX6c5bE4ntA )

The melody has been used for other songs, including a Canadian folksong:
“The Scarborough Settlers’ Lament” ~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNS4u9b7U4U

and the Scottish song:
“The Scottish Settlers’ Lament” ~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vc9iY4bScQo


Cheers,
Dick

Re: Miss Admiral Gordon’s

Of a’ the airts the wind can blaw!

Robert Burns wrote one of his best songs to this tune, while on his honeymoon.
It is an adaptation of Miss Admiral Gordon’s Strathspey, composed by William Marshall in 1775.
I’m playing it here on Hammered Dulcimer, English Concertina, Fiddle & Whistle.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6d9pJaZPJ0


Cheers,
Dick

Re: Miss Admiral Gordon’s

Lovely playing and video, Dick!
My friends and I play the original snappy strathspey, and others that became the tunes to Burns songs, such as "Green grow the Rashes" and "The Ruffians’ Rant".

Re: Miss Admiral Gordon’s Strathspey

Glad you enjoyed it Trish.

Here’s a version of Miss Admiral Gordon’s Strathspey.

Please note that I changed the key, for the benefit of my Whistle students. 😉

Played here on Fiddle, Whistle, Mandolin, English Concertina & Hammered Dulcimer.

Cheers,
Dick

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPWIbttEoRA

Re: Miss Admiral Gordon’s

Notated in A in “William Marshall’s Scottish Melodies” by Randy Miller.

Could have sworn I saw Rachel Davis play it in A once. Everyone else seems to do it in G.

Re: Miss Admiral Gordon’s

@ JoshuaRex: Have always played it in A: only once heard someone play it in G.