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X:2 T:Boyer's Maggot T:Byer's Maggot M:C L:1/8 B:Thompson's Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 2 (London, 1765) Z:Transcribed and edited by Fynn Titford-Mock, 2007 Z:abc's:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G G>DD>E G>AB>G|A>FE>D A>Bc>A|B>GG>A B>cd>B|cAdB G2G2:| |:(B/c/d) d2 BcdB|(c/d/e) e2 cdec|(B/c/d) d2 (e/f/g) g2|cAdB G2G2:||

BYER'S MAGGOT. AKA - "Bonner's Maggot." AKA and see "Boyer's Maggot," "Captain Jas. Robertson 76th Regiment's Reel." English, Reel (cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune appears under the "Byer's Maggot" title in the 1770 music manuscript collection of Northumbrian musician William Vickers, and, as "Bonner's Maggot" in the 1760's music manuscript of Cumbrian musician Joseph Barnes. However, the melody was printed in several London dance music publications as "Boyer's Maggot", including John Hinton's Universal Magazine of Knowledge and Pleasure (1758), David Rutherford's Choice Collection of Sixty of the Most Celebrated Country Dances (1750) and his Compleat Collection of 200 Country Dances, vol. 2 (1760), and Charles and Samuel Thompson's 1765 collection. "Captain Jas. Robertson 76th Regiment's Reel" in Daniel McLaren's A Collection of Strathspey Reels (1794) has a similar first strain, although perhaps not cognate.

Sixteenth and seventeenth century country dance tunes sometimes had the word "maggot" in their titles, perhaps derived from Italian Maggiolatta or Italian May song, but used in England to mean a whim, fancy, plaything, 'trifle'--essentially an 'earworm'.

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Joseph Barnes music manuscript collection (1760s, Carlisle, Cumbria) [Offord].

Printed sources : - John Offord (Bonny Cumberland), 2018; p. 6 (as "Bonner's Maggot"). Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 2), 1765; No. 8.

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