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CAPTAIN SINCLAIR. Scottish, Reel (cut time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Scottish collector John Glen (1891) found a tune by this name earliest in print Daniel Dow's Collection of Ancient Scots Music for the Violin (c. 1775, p. 13). Dow also published the same tune in his Twenty Minuets and Sixteen Reels or Country Dances, also published around the same year (p. 35). It is the same tune that later appeared in print in James Aird's Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 5 (1797, p. 12), although I have not seen the Dow melody. Aird's version can be found in a few musician's manuscript collections; e.g. that of fiddlers John Burks (dated 1821) and John Rook (1840), both virtually note-for-note the same. Unfortunately, nothing is known of Burks-although he may have been from the north of England, while Rook was from Cumbria.


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Printed sources : - Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 5), Glasgow, 1797; No. 30, p. 12. Daniel Dow (Twenty Minuets and Sixteen Reels or Country Dances), c. 1775; p. 35.






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