Scots Sangs Fur Schools

Traditional and new Scots songs for use in Scottish schools

EARL GREY

Played by Colin Campbell, fiddle, and Katherine Campbell, piano


This classic strathspey was composed by James Hill, who was born in Dundee, but who lived in Gateshead near Newcastle, England. Hill is best remembered for his hornpipes such as ‘The Bee’s Wing’ and ‘The High Level’. Charles Earl Grey (1764-1845) from Falloden, Northumberland, was a Prime Minister who was considered a hero because of his great Reform Bill of 1832, which gave the vote to many more people. As well as this tune, there is a brand of bergamot-flavoured tea named after him. Bergamot comes from a citrus fruit.