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DRUMMORE'S RANT. "Cooper (The)," "Drummond's Rant." Scottish, Reel. G Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. Glen (1891) finds the earliest appearance of this 'double-tonic' tune in print in Robert Bremner's 1757 collection. However it had earlier appeared in manuscript form (with the "Drummore's Rant" title) in David Young's copybook, labelled "A Collection of Country Dances written for use of his Grace the Duke of Perth by Dav. Young, 1734." This manuscript is sometimes called the Drummond Castle Manuscript as it was (and is) preserved at Drummond Castle, Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland. Anne Gilchrist ["Old Fiddlers' Tune Books of the Georgian Period", JEFDSS, vol. 4, No. 1, Dec. 1940, p. 18] noted that, in her experience, the Rant was a name rather loosely applied of various lively dance-tunes, but properly seemed to her to have belonged to a quick 2/4 time melody. See also "General Stuart's Reel."
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Printed sources: Bremner (A Collection of Scots Reels), 1757; p. 11. Emmerson (Rantin' Pipe and Tremblin' String), 1971; No. 40, p. 134 (as "Drummond's Rant"). Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 59 (as "Drummond's Rant"). David Young (Drummond Castle/Duke of Perth Manuscript), 1734; No. 3.