• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Strathspey A lively Scottish dance, resembling the reel, but slower; also, the tune.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n strathspey A Scotch dance, invented early in the eighteenth century, resembling the reel, but slower, and marked by numerous sudden jerks.
    • n strathspey Music for such a dance or in its rhythm, which is duple, moderately rapid, and abounding in the rhythmic or metric figure called the Scotch snap or catch (which see, under Scotch), or its converse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Strathspey strath′spā a Scotch dance, allied to and danced alternately with the reel, differing from it in being slower, and abounding in the jerky motion of dotted notes and semiquavers (when the latter precede the former it constitutes the Scotch snap), while the reel is almost entirely in smooth, equal, gliding motion: the music for a strathspey, or its movement.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
So called from the district of Strath Spey, in Scotland
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Strathspey, valley of the Spey.


In literature:

He accordingly marched into Strathspey.
"The History of England from the Accession of James II." by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Danced a sword-dance, or a strathspey, or some other blamed thing, on the table, and yelled louder than the pipes.
"A Protegee of Jack Hamlin's and Other Stories" by Bret Harte
Something of the lilt of a Scotch strathspey to 't, shouldn't you say?
"Wide Courses" by James Brendan Connolly
The name of this officer's wife was Mrs. Strathspey.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 3 (of 12)" by Various
At the close of each strathspey, or jig, a particular note from the fiddle summons the Rustic to the agreeable duty of saluting his partner.
"The Prose Works of William Wordsworth" by William Wordsworth
In the north, Andrew of Moray headed a rising in Strathspey.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout
But hornpipes, jigs, strathspeys, and reels, Put life and mettle in their heels.
"Robert Burns" by William Allan Neilson
The Scottish clubs of the Caledonian booth regaled their listeners with quaint dancing of reels and strathspeys.
"Sixty Years of California Song" by Margaret Blake-Alverson
Their journey lay by Stirling and Crieff to Taymouth and Breadalbane, thence to Athole, on through Badenoch and Strathspey to Inverness.
"Robert Burns" by Principal Shairp
For this purpose the Strathspey lads got an old creel to put him in and some straw to light under it.
"The Science of Fairy Tales" by Edwin Sidney Hartland

In poetry:

He plays strathspeys, an' reels, an' jigs,
Like ane at a country fair;
But never a lad or a lass daur gang
To dance to the music there.
"The Fiddler O' Boglebriggs" by Alexander Anderson
A fiddler sits, wha has never been seen,
On the ledgin' o' Boglebriggs;
An' aye when the clock strikes the midnicht hoor
He plays strathspeys an' jigs.
"The Fiddler O' Boglebriggs" by Alexander Anderson
But o'er his hills, in festal day,
How blazed Lord Ronald's beltrane tree, *
While youths and maids in light strathspey,
So nimbly danced with Highland glee!
"Glenfinlas; or, Lord Ronald's Coronach" by Sir Walter Scott
At call of the Empire they spring from the heath,
And Caledon's sabre is drawn from its sheath,
By Ronalds and Donalds and Grants of Strathspey,
And th' hardy Clan Murray, the first in the fray.
"Hail to Lochiel And Lovat" by Angus Cameron Robertson

In news:

Strathspey and Reel Society of New Hampshire.