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9 Lonach Highland Society, Walker Collection
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9 Lonach Highland Society, Walker Collection

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Alexander became very involved with the Lonach Society in Strathdon

In 1823 the Lonach Highland and Friendly Society was founded with the support and encouragement of Sir Charles Forbes to preserve the Highland dress and the Gaelic tongue. In 1836, the Society agreed to hold a Highland Gathering called ‘The Lonach Gathering’ and it still take place annually today. The Lonach Highland Ball is always held on the Friday after the Lonach Gathering and it is a formal affair with Highland dress or dinner jackets.

Alexander was an integral part of the Lonach society and marched with the Highlanders. A Mr Walker (presumably Alexander) is noted as being the quartermaster for the Forbes contingent when they camped at Braemar and were presented to Queen Victoria. On occasions Alexander is noted to be leading a band to accompany the marchers. At the Lonach Ball after the games he led the band playing for the reels. (See tunes:’ Lonach Country Dance (The)’ ‘Lonach Hall’ ‘Lonach Highlander's (The)’. He was a member of the Lonach Society itself and in view of his mathematical expertise he was the auditor of the accounts. (see newspaper report above)

Death of Daughter
Unfortunately in 1866, Alexander and his wife suffered the loss of their third child Jane, who died in 1866 aged 4 from abdominal tuberculosis

Record of Jane’s Death
Jane Walker (single) F: 4 years
1866 June fifteenth 2h 40m AM Gardener’s Cottage Castle Newe
Parents: Alexander Walker master gardener & Jane Walker Ms Shaw
Cause: Tabes mesenterica 6 months. As certified by Alexander Profeit Surgeon Towie.
(Tuberculosis of the mesenteric and retroperitoneal lymph nodes.)
Informant: Alexr Walker father (present)
1866 June 19th at Strathdon. James Wattie, Registrar
(See tune ‘Dr Profeit’)

The Alexander Walker Collection
During his stay at Castle Newe Alexander Walker published a collection of 196 Fiddle tunes in 1866. A copy of his original book is held at The House of Newe by the descendants of Sir Charles Forbes. The frontispiece of the book contains a dedication to Sit Charles Forbes. (Advert, cover of collection, frontispiece and sample of tunes shown above)

4 copies of Walker’s collection of music were delivered to Queen Victoria at Balmoral Castle. The newspaper article below gives some comments on Alexander Walkers newly published collection

10. Alexander Walker’s Move to the USA




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