Down on Yon Bank

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DOWN ON YON BANK. Scottish, Country Dance Tune (4/4 time). The melody appears in the Bodleian Manuscript, in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, which is inscribed "A Collection of the Newest Country Dances Performed in Scotland written at Edinburgh by D.A. Young, W.M. 1740." Emmerson (1972) remarks that the tune was later called "Roy's Wife of Aldivalloch," "a very popular air, earlier known as 'Ruffian's Rant (The).'" See also Northumbrian musician William Vickers' version, under the similar title "Down the Bank."

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