Bonny Lass of Aberdeen (The)
BONNY LASS OF ABERDEEN. Scottish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. This title has infrequently been used for the tune also known as "Blackbird (1) (The)," as, for example, in Giles Gibbs' 1777 American flute MS. Another period American manuscript containing the melody (under the "Bonny Lass of Aberdeen" title) is Litchfield, Conn., musician Morris Woodruff's 1803 music copybook. Morrison gives it as a dance and tune popular in post-Revolutionary War America, perhaps with additional evidence other than Gibbs. The melody appears in James Oswald's Caledonian Pocket Companion (1743–59).
Printed source: Morrison (Twenty-Four Early American Country Dances, Cotillions & Reels, for the Year 1976), 1976; p. 21.
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