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X:1 T:Dr. William Grant's Reel T:Shaun Truish Willihan M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel B:Cumming - A Collection of Strathspey or Old Highland Reels (1780, No. 29, p. 9) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Ddor A,|D/D/D D>F E2 A,>F|F2 T(ED) G/F/E/D/ CE|D/D/D D>F E2 A,>E|F2 TED C>A,A,:| |:G|A>BAF G>AGE|FGFD G/F/E/D/ CG|A>BAF G>AGE|FD G/F/E/D/ CA,A,:| |:A|d/d/d d>f e2 A>d|{de}f2 Ted g/f/e/d/ cd|d/d/d d>f e2 Ad|fd g/f/e/d/ Tc>AA:| |:g|aa _b/a/g/f/ gg a/g/f/e/|ff g/f/e/d/ eccg|aa _b/a/g/f/ gg a/g/f/e/|fd g/f/e/d/ TcAA:|]



DOCTOR WILLIAM GRANT. AKA - "Seann Triubhais Uilleachain." AKA and see "Shaun Truish Willighan/Willichan," "Sean Trews (1)." Scottish, Reel (cut time). D Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. Glen (1891) finds the earliest printing of the tune in Angus Cumming's A Collection of Strathspey or Old Highland Reels (1782, No. 29, p. 9). The reel appears as "Dr. William Grant's Reell" with the Gaelic title "Seann Triubhais Uilleachain " (Willie's old trousers) in Angus Cumming's collection of 1782. Cumming (c. 1750-c. 1800) was from a long line of Speyside musicians. However, as William Lamb[1] points out, the word strathspey only appears in the title of his collection, and not with any of the tunes themselves; "the tunes were simply all 'Old Highland reels' to him." The boundary between what we think of as reels versus the syncopated strathspey was much more permeable to Cumming.


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  1. William Lamb, "Reeling in the Strathspey: The Origins of Scotland's National Music", Scottish Studies, Vol. 36, pp 66-102, Jun 2013.
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