Capture of Seringapatam (The)

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CAPTURE OF SERINGAPATAM, THE. Scottish. This melody appears in William Campbell's 16th Book of Strathspey Reels, Waltz's, and Irish Jiggs (c. 1801), although it was not composed by him but rather by Duncan MacIntyre. MacIntyre was a Scotsman resident in England who had gone to India and who probably served as a Master of Ceremonies to the Governor-General's Court, though little else is known of him. There was a Battle of Seringapatam in 1809, a great victory for the British in honor of which the Honourable East India Company awarded medals for all those who took part--gold for generals, silver for all other officers, bronze for non-commissioned officers and tin for privates (Farwell, 1981).

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