Sheet Music: Miss Admiral Gordon's Strathspey

TitleMiss Admiral Gordon's Strathspey
Alternate titlesOf All the Airts the Wind Can Blaw
ComposerWilliam Marshall (1748–1833)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyD major
Time signature4/4
Tempo120 BPM
Performance time1:20
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2012-08-08
Last updated2012-08-08
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Celtic Music, Strathspeys, Traditional/Folk


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Wednesday 8 August 2012

Tune of the Day: Miss Admiral Gordon's Strathspey

Traditional Scottish tune

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”.

The melody has been used for other songs, including a Canadian folksong, “The Scarborough Settlers' Lament”, and the Scottish song “The Scottish Settlers' Lament”.