Blue Ribbon at the Bound Rod
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BLUE RIBBON AT THE BOUND ROD. AKA - "Blew Ribbon at the Bound Rod." AKA and see "Blue Ribbon Scottish Measure." Scottish, Country Dance. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. The air appears in the Skene Manuscript (c. 1615) and was reprinted in Dauney's Ancient Scottish Melodies (1838). It was adapted and printed by the Gows in Complete Repository (11, 1802) as "Blue Ribbon Scottish Measure." Robin Williamson speculates that the title may refer to a gathering staff for soldiers or a boundary road, and notes that the border at Berwick on Tweed was called the bound rod at one time. Another version of the tune is Playford's "Lord of Carnavon's Jig (2)."
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Emmerson (Rantin' Pipe and Tremblin' String), 1971; No. 25, p. 127.