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BONNIEST LASS IN A' THE WORLD [1], THE. AKA and see "Hamilla." Scottish, Scots Measure and Air (cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Thomson): AA'BB'. The song appears in numerous 18th century publications, though it may be older. Scottish poet Allan Ramsay used the melody as the indicated tune for his song "To Mrs. A.H. on seeing her at a consort"[1] printed in his Tea Table Miscellany (1724). An instrumental version was printed in Alexander Stuart's Musick for Allan Ramsey's Collection of Scots Songs (Edinburgh, 1724). The melody also appears in Joseph Mitchell's 1731 ballad opera The Highland Fair; or, Union of the Clans, John Watts' Musical Miscellany, vol. 6 (London, 1731), William Thompson's Orpheus Caledoneus (London, 1733), and James Oswald's Caledonian Pocket Companion (London, 1760), among other publications. "Bonniest Lass in all the World" also can be found on various song sheets and in fiddlers' manuscript collections on both sides of the Atlantic. In America, it was published in Riley's Flute Melodies, vol. 2 (New York, 1817).

The melody was employed as the air to the song "Hamilla" in James Johnson's Scots Musical Museum vol. 2 (1788).

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Sterling Baker (b. Mid-1940's, Morell, North-East Kings County, Prince Edward Island; now resident of Montague) [Perlman]; Joseph Barnes music manuscript collection (1760s, Carlisle, Cumbria) [Offord]; Browne family music manuscript collection (Wyresdale, Lancashire, early 19th cent.) [Offord].

Printed sources : - Gow (Vocal Melodies of Scotland), c. 1800. Howe (1000 Jigs and Reels), c. 1867; p. 131. McGibbon (Scots Tunes, book III), 1762; p. 61. McGlashan (Collection of Scots Measures), 177?; p. 10. John Offord (Bonny Cumberland), 2018; pp. 7-8.. Oswald (Caledonian Pocket Companion, vol. 2), 1760; p. 9. Perlman (Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island), 1996; p. 206. Pringle (A Second Collection of Strathspeys, Reels & Jiggs &c.), c. 1805. Edward Riley (Riley Flute Melodies vol. 2), New York, 1817; No. 188, p. 54. Alexander Stuart (Musick for Allan Ramsay’s Collection), Edinburgh, c. 1724; pp. 36-37. William Thomson (Orpheus Caledonius, vol. 2), 1733; No. 24, p. 3 & No. 24, p. 98. David Young (A Collection of Scotch Airs with the latest Variations, AKA - The McFarlane Manuscript), c. 1741; No. 102, p. 145.

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