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TITLE
Neil Gow
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_350_P072
DATE OF IMAGE
1800
PERIOD
1760s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31105
KEYWORDS
Neil Gow
fiddlers
fiddles
musicians
music
tunes
strathspeys
reels
Nathaniel Gow
Niel Gow
Neil Gow

Niel Gow was born in Inver, west of Dunkeld, in 1727. He was known for his honesty, frankness and humour.

He taught himself the fiddle, having only a handful of lessons in his teens, and came to be regarded by many as the best strathspey and reel players in Scotland. He was asked to play at dances as far away as Edinburgh.

Niel Gow was patronised by the Dukes of Atholl which meant that his sole career was as a musician.

Niel's son, Nathaniel Gow, published many of his father's tunes, ensuring that they are still played today. These tunes include 'Farewell to Whisky' and 'Niel Gow's Lament for the Death of his 2nd Wife', which are well known to fiddlers throughout the world.

He died, aged 80, in 1807.

This illustration was taken from T. Garnett's 'Observations on a tour through the Highlands'

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Neil Gow

1760s

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Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

Niel Gow was born in Inver, west of Dunkeld, in 1727. He was known for his honesty, frankness and humour.<br /> <br /> He taught himself the fiddle, having only a handful of lessons in his teens, and came to be regarded by many as the best strathspey and reel players in Scotland. He was asked to play at dances as far away as Edinburgh.<br /> <br /> Niel Gow was patronised by the Dukes of Atholl which meant that his sole career was as a musician.<br /> <br /> Niel's son, Nathaniel Gow, published many of his father's tunes, ensuring that they are still played today. These tunes include 'Farewell to Whisky' and 'Niel Gow's Lament for the Death of his 2nd Wife', which are well known to fiddlers throughout the world.<br /> <br /> He died, aged 80, in 1807.<br /> <br /> This illustration was taken from T. Garnett's 'Observations on a tour through the Highlands'