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BENNEY SIDE. AKA - "Benny Side." Scottish, Air (whole time). G Minor (Oswald): D Minor (Davie). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Davie): AABBCC. Francis Peacock (1762) states "Benney Side" is "a new air" even though his printing is predated by Oswald's a couple of years (although dating is not firm). James Johnson used the tune for a song in the second volume of his Scots Musical Museum (1788, Song 153, p. 160), titled "'My lov'd Celestia", words possibly written by Alexander Robertson of Struan.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Davie (Davie's Caledonian Repository), Aberdeen, 1829-30; p. 9. Oswald (Caledonian Pocket Companion Book 12), c. 1760; p. 18. Francis Peacock (Fifty Favourite Scotch Airs), 1762; p. 27.