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CLEEK HIM INN. Scottish, Reel. F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Glen (1891) finds the tune earliest in print in Robert Bremner's 1757 collection. The title references Cleekhimin (pronounced Kleek-ay-minn), a junction between Motherwell Cross and Carin Cross in Lanark, Scotland, located halfway up a steep hill. A tavern was located there, the Cleekhimin Bar, whose trade was insured by the fact that the hill was so precipitous that horse drawn carriages would be forced to harness or 'cleek' an extra set of horses in order to power the way to the crest of the hill. The call to 'cleek him in,' referring to the addition of an extra team, became a place-name.

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Printed sources: Bremner (Scots Reels), 1757; p. 66.

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