Miss Drummond Of Perth’s Favourite Scotch Measure reel

Also known as Miss Drummond Of Perth’s Favorite Scotch Measure, Miss Drummond Of Perth’s Favorite Scots Measure, Miss Sarah Drummond Of Perth.

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

Miss Drummond Of Perth's Favourite Scotch Measure has been added to 29 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Miss Drummond Of Perth's Favourite Scotch Measure
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
GA|:B2AB G2GA|B2Bc d2cB|A2f2 F2c2|ABcF D2GA|
B2AB G^FGA|BABc d2 =e^f|g2d2 edcB|1 A4 G2GA:|2 A4 G2ga||
|:b2a2 g2(3^fga|gzd4d=e|=f3=e fgaB|cBAG F2GA|
BABG cBcA|d^cd=e fefd|g2d2 ed=cB|1 A4 G2ga:|2 A4 G2 (3D=E^F||
G^FGA BABc|dcBA GABG|ABcA d2cB|1 A4 G2(3D=E^F:|2 A4 G2g^f||
|:gdgd gdgd|B2AB G2 d=e|=fcfc fcfc|A2GA F2ga|
b2ag a2g^f|g2ab d2cB|c2az A2g^f|1 g4 G2g^f:|2 g4 G4||
X: 2
T: Miss Drummond Of Perth's Favourite Scotch Measure
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
B2 AB G2 GA|B2 Bc d2 cB|A2 f2 F2 G2|ABcF D2 GA|
B2 AB G^FGA|BABc d2 (=e^f)|g2 d2 (=ed)(cB)|“tr”(A4 G2):|
b2 a2 g2 (^f/g/a)|g2 d2 d2 =e2|f3g fgaB|cBAG F2 (GA)|
BABG cBcA|dcd=e fefd|g2 d2 _edcB|“tr”A4 G2:|
G^FGA BABc|dcBA GABG|ABcA d2 cB|“tr”A4 G2:|
gdgd gdgd|B2 AB G2 d=e|fcfc fcfc|A2 GA F2 ga|
b2 ag a2 g^f|g2 ab d2 cB|c2 g2 G2 g^f|g4 G2:|

Fourteen comments

Miss Drummond of Perth

So,Womble,where did you get this?It’s definitely not the two-part "wee strathspey" I’m familiar with.
It seems to be a march.Is it a Scottish tune?

R: Scotch Measure

Courtesy of: The Fiddler’s Companion ~ Andrew Kuntz

Malcolm MacDonald’s four collections of Strathspey Reels, &c., this is in #4

X: 2
T: Miss Drummond of Perth’s Favorite Scots Measure
S: "Malcolm MacDonald’s 4th Collection of Strathspey Reels", 1797
M: 2/2
L: 1/8
R: Scotch measure
K: Gmin
|: GA |\
B2 AB G2 GA | B2 Bc d2 cB | A2 f2 F2 G2 | ABcF D2 GA |
B2 AB G^FGA | BABc d2 (=e^f) | g2 d2 (=ed)(cB) | “tr”(A4 G2) :|
|: ga |\
b2 a2 g2 (^f/g/a) | g2 d2 d2 =e2 | f3g fgaB | cBAG F2 (GA) |
BABG cBcA | dcd=e fefd | g2 d2 _edcB | “tr”A4 G2 :|
|: D/E/^F |\
G^FGA BABc | dcBA GABG | AcFc AGAF | fgac ABcA |
G^FGA BABc | dcBA GABG | ABcA d2 cB | “tr”A4 G2 :|
|: g^f |\
gdgd gdgd | B2 AB G2 d=e | fcfc fcfc | A2 GA F2 ga |
b2 ag a2 g^f | g2 ab d2 cB | c2 g2 G2 g^f | g4 G2 :|

Well, we’ve given Womble enough time to comment, but alas, so far, nothing… I live in hope…

Where are you Nigel?

The only ‘Scotch Measures’ I’m familiar with tended to be played like slow marches.

Scotch Measures

J Murdoch Henderson (1902-1972) was an enthusiast of Scottish fiddle music, and one of a few who really knew what he was talking about. Hepublished a couple of pages pf Scotch Measures in his ‘Flowers of Scottish Melody’ (1930):
The Flowers of Edinburgh; There Was a Lad was Born in Kyle; The Cairdin O’t; The White Cockade and The East Neuk o’ Fife.
All are regarded as very old tunes (each of the names above have much older names attached to them). Alastair Hardie described the tune as "distinguished by use of anacrusis and a stressing of the first three quavers [eighth notes in 2/4] of the bar and tempi which can vary from a leisurely crotchet = 100-108 to a lively crotchet = c120." [Crotchet=quarter note.]

Of Scotch Measures, Henderson said, "…there is a tedious similarity…" There is no doubt that the tune form is old; the earliest copy of "The Cairdin’O’t", for example, is found in a manuscript of 1710, and there called "Queensbury’s Scots Measure". Playford (c1700) published many Scotch Measures, indicating that the dance certainly was very popular in the 17th century.

Having said all that, nobody seems to know much about the dance itself, and I would conclude that we don’t really know at what tempo the tunes were played. I have heard "Lady May Hay’s Scotch Measure" played both as a slow march (The House Band) and practically a reel (Dave Swarbrick). Most Scotch Measures are used for country dances, and some, like "Flowers of Edinburgh" conduct themselves very nicely as reels.

Thanks Nigel, I enjoyed that… 🙂

The Playford stuff and early dance I am familiar with, and they do tend to be played at a leisurely pace, akin to a ‘slow march’, or ‘stately’. Considering the dress and conditions of the time nothing ‘fast’ would do…

Apparently this tune was posted in response to a request by ‘fiddlegirl1’.

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"Well, we’ve given Womble enough time to comment, but alas, so far, nothing… I live in hope…"

Blimey, folks, give me a chance - not everyone lives on the Internet you know!

I have no idea about the tune, I saw it requested, thought the title looked familiar and googled it, finding several hits for the same tune.

Miss Drummond Of Perth’s Favourite Scots Measure

I can only find two versions of this tune in my collection:

1) In Malcolm McDonald’s 4th Collection (1797, facsimile 2002)

2) Played by the Battlefield Band on ‘Stand Easy’ (1979), where they claim it was composed by Niel Gow.

I haven’t found it it any of Gow’s publications so far, but it is known that Malcolm McDonald knew Niel Gow, was from the same village in Perthshire (Inver) and vamped on the cello for him after the death of Donald Gow (Niel’s brother) for dances.

Womble_Lancs ~ if you’re going to cut-and-paste from the Internet it is a basic courtesy to credit your sources…

Sorry Ceolachan, I would have put the source, but there was nowhere for me to put it, that I could see. There wasn’t even a field to put the composer’s name, which I found rather strange.

I only found the comments section because I got an e-mail telling me that someone had commented.

One of my favorite tunes. Recordings of it can be found on Catherine Fraser’s CD "Unity" (https://thesession.org/recordings/2383) and on Hanneke Cassel’s CD "Silver".

Catherine and Hanneke both play it at a danceable reel tempo (108 or so).