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AULD ROB MORRIS. AKA - "Auld Rob Morrice." AKA and see "Jock the Laird's Brother." Scottish, Slow Air (3/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune first appears in the Leyden Manuscript (c. 1690) and subsequently appeared in Thomson's Orpheus Caledonius (1725) where it is ascribed to David Rizzio (Queen Mary's secretary and an accomplished lutenist and singer). The ascription was removed by Thomson from his second edition, and the veracity of Rizzio's authorship is questionable. It appears in several older manuscripts and was frequently printed in 19th century Scottish songsters. Under the title "Jock the Laird's Brother" the tune was printed in the Blaikie Manuscript (1692). It was the name of a song (Air X) in Patie and Peggy: or, The Fair Foundling (1730), a Scotch ballad opera by Theophilus Cibber staged at the Theatre-Royal in Drury-Lane.

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Printed sources: Manson (Hamilton's Universal Tune Book vol. 1), 1844; p. 46. McGibbon (Scots Tunes, Book 1), c. 1746; p. 4. Oswald (Caledonian Pocket Companion, Book 6), 1760; p. 9.

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