X:1 T:Clodun Reel M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel B:Bremner - A Collection of Scots Reels or Country Dances (1757, p. 19) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G A|(G/A/B/c/) dc BGGB|(G/A/B/c/) dB AFFA|(G/A/B/c/) dB ecdB|cAfc AFF:| |:A|(B/c/d) gd BGGc|(B/c/d) fc AFFA|(B/c/d) gd ecdB|cAfc AFF:|]
CLODUN REEL. AKA and see "Duke of Cumberland's Reel," "Duke's Reel (1)," "Ploughman's Reel." Scottish, Reel (cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. 'Clodun' is a version of the name 'Culloden', the site of the battle between the Highland forces of Bonnie Prince Charlie and those of the British Crown, fought on Drummossie Moor overlooking Inverness, 1746.
John Glen (1891) finds "Clodun Reel" earliest in print in Robert Bremner's 1757 collection (p. 19). It was entered into the 1770 music manuscript collection of Northumrian musician William Vickers as "Ploughman's Reel." Vickers' contemporary, musician Joseph Barnes of Carlisle, Cumbria, penned the tune in his 1760's music manuscript collection, calling it "Duke's Reel (1)," and eighty years later, fellow Cumbrian multi-instrumentalist John Rook (Waverton, near Wigton, Cumbria) included the reel in his 1840 music manuscript as "Duke of Cumberland's Reel." The Duke, Prince William Augustus  (1721-1765), was in command of the British forces at Culloden.