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DE'IL STICK THE MINISTER [2]. AKA and see Deal/Devil Stick the Minister," "This is not My Own House," "This is no my ain Lassie," "Sean Triubhas." Scottish, English; Reel. A Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB'. The earliest appearance of the title is in Henry Playford's Collection of Original Scotch-Tunes [1] (London, 1700, p. 16, in 3/4 time--see "Deal Stick the Minister (1)"), with the same tune reappearing in John Walsh's Fourth Book of the Compleat Country Dancing-Master (London, 1747, p. 165). Scottish composer, cellist and music arranger James Oswald (1710–1769) printed a different tune with the title in his Caledonian Pocket Companion (London, 1760, Book VII, 30-31). "De'il Stick the Minister [2]" appears (as "Stick the Minister") in the Bodleian Manuscript (in the Bodleian Library, Oxford), inscribed "A Collection of the Newest Country Dances Performed in Scotland written at Edinburgh by D.A. Young, W.M. 1740." Manuscript versions can be found in the northern English collections of William Vickers (1770, Northumberland, about whom, unfortunately nothing is known), and fiddler John Rook (1840, Waverton, Cumbria).

"Deil Stick" is a relative of "This is no my ain Lassie," as is the tune "Sean Truibhas," and a similar melodic theme appears in "This is not My Own House." Emmerson (1972) confirms that "Sean Truibhas," or "Seann Triubhas Willighan," is a set of "Deil Stick." The melodic association continues in the use of the "De'il Stick the Minister" for the dance called Sean Truibhas, so called because it was performed in tartan trousers rather than a kilt.

Source for notated version: From the 1770 music manuscript collection of Northumbrian musician William Vickers. Unfortunately, nothing is known of Vickers, save that he may have worked as an excise man.

Printed sources: Oswald (Caledonian Pocket Companion, Book 7), 1760; pp. 30-31

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