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COUNTESS OF PERCY. Scottish, Reel (cut time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Glen (1891) finds the earliest printing of the tune in Ayrshire fiddler-composer John Riddell's (1718-1793) 1782 second collection (p. 25). It is entitled: A Collection of Scots Reels or Country Dances and Minuets with two particular slow tunes, with a bass for the Violin, Violincello, or Harpsichord. Composed by John Riddle at Ayr, and Sold by Himself there; likewise by Mr. Robert Bremner in Edinburgh also at his Shope at the Harp and Hautboy, opposite Sumerset House in the Strand, London. Price 5s. Enter’d Stationers Hall. Wm. Edward, Scult. Dun Cameron Prints it Edinburgh. The name is spelled "Riddell" in the second edition of his collection, which was published by James Aird, Glasgow, in 1782. However, Riddell's may be a derivative version of "Lass of Livingstone (The)", first printed as "The Lass of Leving-stone" in Henry Playford's Collection of Original Scotch Airs (London, 1700).

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Printed sources: Glen (The Glen Collection of Scottish Dance Music), vol. 1, 1891; p. 5.

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