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X:1 T:Castle Downs M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig S:William Vickers' music manuscript collection (Northumberland, 1770) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G G2A B2G|c2A B2G|BdB AGF|E3 E3| G2A B2G|c2A B2G|BdB AFD|D3 D3:| |:B2c d2B|e2c d2B|ege dcB|A3 A>Bc| dcB edc|fed gfe|dcB AGF|G3 G3:|]

CASTLE DOWN. AKA - "Castle Downe," "Castle Downs." English, Jig (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune was first published in London publisher David Rutherford's Rutherford's Choice Collection of Sixty of the Most Celebrated Country Dances (1750, p. 22, and in the second volume of 1760), followed by a printing in John Johnson's Two Hundred Favourite Country Dances, vol. 7 (London, 1756). It appears in the music mansucript collections of William Vickers [1] (Northumberland, 1770), Thomas Hammersley (London, 1790), and John Rook [2] (Waverton, Cumbria, 1840).

The title may refer to Doune Castle, a medieval stronghold near the village of Doune, in the Stirling council area of central Scotland and the historic county of Perthshire. The castle is sited on a wooded bend where the Ardoch Burn flows into the River Teith. After a long and rich history the castle deteriorated through the 18th century, and by 1800 Doune was a roofless ruin. Restoration work began in the 1880's and is now restored and protected, and open to the public.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - David Rutherford (Rutherford’s Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 2), c. 1775; No. 83, p. 42.

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