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CRONSTOUNE. AKA and see "Jenny's Whim (3)," "MacLachlan's Reel." Scottish, Reel. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Published in Henry Playford's 1700 collection of Scottish dance tunes. The name Cranstoun comes from the Barony of Cranstoun in Midlothian. Clan Cranstoun fought on the side of the Royalists in the English Civil War, following which their estates were forfeit. The melody was published as "Jenny's Whim (3)" in Daniel Wright's Aria di Camera (London, 1727), of whom William C. Smith wrote:
Daniel Wright, the elder, was publishing from about 1709 to 1734, and issued a number of works in imitation of editions by Walsh. It is impossible here to enter into the question of the extent to which music publishers of the period pirated each other's works. On the superficial evidence they all seemed at times more or less unscrupulous. Daniel Wright, the elder, the one with whom we are concerned, was described by Hawkins as "a man who never printed anything he did not steal", but Hawkins is not always to be relied on.
John Glen noted that a version of the tune under the title "MacLachlan's Reel" is to be found in Angus Cumming's 1780 A Collection of Strathspeys and Old Highland Reels.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Playford (A Collection of Original Scotch Tunes), 1700; No. 5, p. 3.