British Hero (The)
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BRITISH HERO, THE. English, Scottish; Jig or Quickstep (6/8 time). England, Northumberland. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. John Glen (1891) finds the tune first in print in Neil Stewart's 1761 collection (Newest and Best Reels... p. 30), although it had appeared a year earlier in London publisher David Rutherford's Compleat Collection of 200 country Dances, vol. 2 (1760). In addition to William Vickers' Northumbrian music manuscript collection, it appears in the late 18th/early 19th century music copybook of British army fifer John Buttery (1784-1854), who joined the 34th Regiment in Lincoln. James Aird prints the tune as "Female Hero."