Blooms of Bon Accord
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BLOOMS OF BON ACCORD, THE. AKA - "Cockers Roses." Scottish, Slow Air. A Major ('A' part) & E Major ('B' part). Standard tuning (fiddle). ABB'. Composed by the great Scots fiddler-composer and dancing master J. Scott Skinner (1843-1927). 'Bon Accord' was another name for the city of Aberdeen, Scotland. As the alternate title implies, Skinner dedicated his tune to Messrs Cocker, 'Prize Rose growers, Aberdeen.' From notes on his manuscript pages, he evidently meant this air to be included in his Harp and Claymore collection, and had written (but not completed) a trio part for it. The firm of Cocker Roses is still going strong today, having been started in the 1840's by James Cocker. He was head gardener at Castle Forbes but left after a dispute about picking fruit on Sunday; Cocker maintianed that he would pick "all Saturday night, but never on a Sunday."
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Skinner (The Scottish Violinist), 1900; p. 32