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MOUNT YOUR BAGGAGE [2]. AKA and see "Cady Laddie," "Cady Laddy," "Mount and Go," "Soldier's Lady (The)." Scottish, Reel or Strathspey. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Aird): AABBCCDDEEFFGGHH (Gow, Johnson). An army song turned country dance, the air of which was also published in Flores Musicae and by Gow in his Second Collection of Strathspey Reels. John Glen finds the earliest version of this melody in print in Robert Bremner's 1768 2nd collection (p. 109), although a tune called "Mount Your Baggage" appears in Oswald's A Collection of Scots Tunes with variations, c 1756. An even earlier version in 3/2 time appears under the title "Cady Laddy" in J. Walsh's Caledoneon Country Dances, vol. 2, c. 1734, Johnson's Choice Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 3 (London, 1744, p. 41), and Walsh's Compleat Country Dancing Master, volume the Sixth (London, 1754, p. 73). The same 3/2 melody ("Cady Laddy") was penned by London musician Thomas Hammersley in his music manuscript copybook of 1790. George Farquhar Graham comments on the irregularity of Johnson's tune, which:

consists, in the first strain, of three measures and three measures, of four crotchets; it depends upon the places of the cadences, perfect or imperfect, whether or not the effect of the rhythm may be satisfactory to the ear. In this case, we think that the compoer of the air has mistaken its true rhythm, and has thrown into common time, and a halting rhythm, what should have been written in triple time, with a regular rhythm of two measures and two measures.

Graham prints the tune (arranged by J.T. Surenne) as "O Mount and Go", to the air "The Captain's Lady."

X:1
T:O Mount and Go
M:3/4
L:1/8
R:Air
B:Graham - Songs of Scotland Adapted to Their Approriate Melodies (p. 134)
Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion
K:D
(F>E) DF A2|DA (B/A/) (G/F/) GE|(F>E) DF A>A|Bd cB AF||
!Coda!d>e (f/e/) (d/c/) d2|DA (B/A/) (G/F/) FE|d>e (f/e/) (d/c/) d>B|
Ad (e/d/) (c/B/) AF||(F>E) DF A2|DA (B/A/) (G/F/) GE|(F>E) DF A>A|Bd cB AF||

"Mount Your Baggage" can be found as No. 233 in Johnson's Scots Musical Museum (as the tune for the song "The Captain's Lady"), with adapted by Robert Burns (who drew his pen through the title "Mount Your Baggage" and wrote above them "The Captain's Lady"). It is one of the "missing tunes" from William Vickers' 1770 Northumbrian dance tune manuscript. In America, it was published in A. Reinagle's Selection of the Most Favorite Scots Tunes (Philadelphia, 1787). Stenhouse and Graham both remark that the Gows' strathspey "Dalry House" is a derivative melody, "with slight variation."

"Mount Your Baggage" has long been used as a song vehicle: as previously noted, for example, "The Captain's Lady" (Johnson, Scots Musical Museum, No. 233), and also "The Gallant Grahams of Scotland," and "The Soldier's Lady" (undoubtedly a substitution for 'Captain's Lady'). Joseph Haydn composed a setting of the song. The first verse of "The Captain's Lady" contains the titles:

O mount and go,
Mount and make you ready,
O mount and go,
And be the Captain's Lady.
When the drums do beat,
And the cannons rattle,
Thou shall sit in state,
And see thy love in battle.
When the drums do beat,
And the cannons rattle.
Thou shalt sit in state,
And see thy love in battle.

Source for notated version: Trotter MS., 1780, p. 30 [Johnson].

Printed sources: Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs), vol. II, 1785; No. 74, p. 27. Gow (Second Collection of Niel Gow's Reels), 1788; pp. 16-17 (3rd edition). Johnson (Scottish Fiddle Music in the 18th Century), 1984; No. 41.

Recorded sources:

See also listing at:
Hear the tune played on Northumbrian pipes by Clive and Mat Ryder on youtube.com [1]




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